Catawba’s Blue Masque presents bawdy ‘Women in Congress’

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 26, 2019

7:30 p.m. Oct. 2-5

By Catawba College student Nilya Holcomb

It’s a raunchy, raucous, racy good time to come take your seat in our little government system that we call the theatre at Catawba College. Need a good time this fall? Come step into our office filled with great comedic timing and plenty of satire with Aristophanes’ “Women in Congress.”

Dr. Bradley Stephenson directs this one-of-a-kind, sexually charged, political piece that will keep you on the edge of your seats.

Praxagora, the leader of the women of Athens, is a woman on a mission, getting women to dress as men and take over the government run by men to create a new order. When Praxagora is elected the Chief Executrix, it creates a great female role reversal as women dominate this world run by misogyny.

“Women in Congress” is a 2400-year-old satire about politics and civil corruption,” says Stephenson. “But it takes its point, using as many genital jokes as possible. It’s a raunchy, raucous party that proves the Ancient Greeks loved a good poop pun and plenty of alliteration. Don’t we all?”

Student choreographer and sound designer Kelly Sandoval says, “Incorporating choreography into “Women in Congress” is about having fun and adding energy to an already over-the top-script. This show is about giving the audience a chance to relax, laugh, and let loose.”

The creative team, in addition to Stephenson and Sandoval includes: David Pulliam as Set Design, Christopher Zink as Lighting Designer, Colleen Welday as Stage Manager, and Claire Raimist as Assistant Stage Manager.

Contains sexual content and adult humor and is not advised for children.

Hedrick Little Theatre, Robertson Community Center, Catawba College. Tickets $15 adults, $10 non-Catawba students and senior adults at www.catawaba.edu/theatretix or 704-637-4481.

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