McMurry Theatre to Present Women in Congress

  Gary Ellison
  Wednesday, January 31, 2018 3:52 PM
  Archives 2017 - 2018

Abilene, TX

The McMurry University Department of Theatre will present Women in Congress by Aristophanes, adapted by Jules Tasca and directed by McMurry theatre professor David Ainsworth. The performance dates are February 22-24 and March 1-3.


Women in Congress is Tasca’s modernized version of Aristophanes’ ancient comic masterpiece, Ecclesiazusae. Using the improbable “happy idea” that the women of ancient Athens could actually take over the government through a clever trick, Aristophanes takes aim at his two favorite targets: civic corruption and utopian philosophy. Tasca’s brilliant modernization of one of the earliest social satires of the western world reveals that 392 B.C. and the twenty-first century are not so far apart in thought, feeling and risibility as might be supposed, and that Aristophanes and the ancient audiences that he entertained are our long-lost relatives.

Curtain time for all performances is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission and $8 for McMurry faculty, staff and student. There is a $3 discount for all tickets on Thursdays.

Tickets may be purchased at or at the box office in the Ryan Fine Arts Building lobby from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, please call the box office at 325-793-3889.

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