Speak Out

Instead of taking to the streets to protest a potential war with Iraq, peace activists in metro Denver -- and in over 600 cities around the world -- will instead take to the stage with the Lysistrata Project, believed to be the first-ever worldwide theatrical act of dissent in the name of peace.

On Monday, concerned advocates around the world will stage readings of Lysistrata, the 2,300-year-old Greek drama about a group of women who stop the Peloponnesian war by withholding sex from their mates, convincing them that diplomacy is better than fighting. "The comedy shows how each individual can make a stand in his own way and end up making a real difference for the whole world," says Heather Larson, organizer of a reading to be held at 7 p.m. at the LIDA Project Theatre, 2180 Stout Street. "We want to create a creative place of understanding and camaraderie where people can voice their objections to the war."

Readings will also be held in the amphitheater near the University of Denver's Driscoll Center (off of East Evans) at 3:30 p.m.; in Auraria's Tivoli Student Union, 900 Auraria Parkway, at 4 p.m.; and at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th Street in Boulder, at 7 p.m. Visit www.lysistrataproject.com for a complete listing of local venues and contact information.

"There are a lot of Americans and citizens worldwide who don't want this war to happen," says Larson. "I think that Denver is very in tune with the anti-war movement, so it's exciting to take part in something this large."

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Julie Dunn
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