SCIT: Stanford Classics in Theater


SCIT is hard at work on its current production, an adaptation of Aristophanes' Thesmophoriazusae involving the infiltration of a men's rights activist group.

The Thesmo

Aristophanes' Thesmophoriazusae was first performed around 411 BC, the same year as the Lysistrata debuted. The play's hero is an unnamed relative of the tragic poet Euripides. Euripides suspects that the women of Athens are taking advantage of the women-only festival to Demeter, the Thesmophoria, to plot revenge on him for his misogynistic depictions of women onstage. The only option is to send his kinsman to infiltrate the festival in drag. The pair raid the infamously effeminate Agathon's wardrobe and the adventure begins.

The women of Athens are no slouches, and quickly discover that an intruder is in their midst. Euripides stages several rescue attempts parodying his tragedies (including Palamedes, Andromeda, and Helen). These efforts fail, and Euripides must finally promise the women not to portray them unfavorably onstage.