The Sunday Giveaway: 2 Tickets to Lysistrata Jones Off Broadway

Every time I think today’s society is too obsessed with sex, I pick up my old copy of Lysistrata.   They say this Aristophanes classic was first performed in about 417 B.C., yet it can still make a man blush 2500 years later.

Douglas Carter Beane (Sister Act, Xanadu, The Little Dog Laughed) and Lewis Flinn recognized its relevancy and created a brand new musical based on the ancient plot of women who withhold sex to get what they want (to stop a war, or in this case, to get their college basketball team to actually win a game).

And get this, Lysistrata Jones, which is directed and choreographed by Dan Knechtges, isn’t performed in a theater.  It’s performed on an actual basketball court.  That’s right, people, we’re talking site-specific-sex-related theater.

Does the idea titilate you?

Well, you can go for free if you win this week’s giveaway!  (Confetti falls!)

This week, I’m giving away two tickets to see LJ courtesy of The Transport Group.

Here’s how you win:

I’m a fan of site-specific theater.  One of my first examples of it was Jonathan Larson’s JP Morgan Saves The Nation which was staged on the steps of a bank right next to The New York Stock Exchange in the mid-90s.  I’ve heard of Little Shops in Flower Shops, Beehives in Beauty Shops, and yes, of course, Godspell in churches.

So what site-specific theater would you do if there were no limitations whatsover.  Of Thee I Sing in the White House?  West Side Story on the West Side?  Les Miz on a barricade in the streets of Paris?

Tell me what show you’d do and where you’d do it by commenting below (email subscribers click here) and you are in!

Good luck!

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  • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at an elementary school!! Not appropriate? Maybe a more G-rated version of the musical then …

  • Jon says:

    A traveling production of Anything Goes that starts at a bar next to a cruise ship, and moves across the deck and through staterooms.

  • Daniel Nickle says:

    42nd Street on 42nd Street/ Times Square…might even take over the bleechers behind the TKTS Booth.

  • Parade done on the hills of Georgia. Picture the opening number…
    …..same with titanic done on a gigantic ship.

  • Dan R says:

    I’m wondering if it’s possible to create “legitimate” underground theatre by literally staging a show in a NYC sewer… and that, of course, would require something either hardcore or ironic, so I’d go with the latter and say Sound of Music. Let’s revive Sound of Music in a sewer!

  • Barry says:

    Godspell on the streets of Greenwich Village.

  • Claire says:

    Into the Woods in the north woods of Central Park.

  • Tony P says:

    The obvious ones: 42nd Street in Time’s Square, The Book of Mormon in Uganda or “Memphis” in, well, Memphis.
    But there are more interesting ideas. Maybe “Take me out” at Yankee Stadium. Or Shea, since the Mets aren’t really putting it to good use…
    “Godspell” in Washington Square Park.
    “Sweeney Todd” in an abandoned factory.
    “Dreamgirls” at the Apollo Theater — oh yeah, they did that one!

  • Andy Jensen says:

    Take Me Out in a locker room.
    Glengary glen Ross in a chinese restaurant & an office next door.
    Taming of the Shrew in a Roller Derby Rink
    Macbeth in a forest at night. The audience has flashlights. That’s it.

  • Marissa says:

    Once On This Island in Haiti. Anywhere in Haiti would do, but maybe on the boarder of where the rest of Haiti meets the part owned by Royal Caribbean. That’s a nice contrast between the peasants and the Grand Hommes.

  • Rebecca LaChance says:

    I’d love to see Suburbia done outside a 7-11 somewhere in the suburbs–Forest Hills or Staten Island or Jersey!

  • Bart Teracino says:

    The Lieutenant of Inishmore in Inishmore, Ireland.

  • Craig J says:

    Since the last production was rumored to shut down because of the Republican National Convention, one can assume it will never happen, but I’d love to see “Assassins” performed at the Texas Book Depository.
    A show that already is striking just in it’s subject matter, brought to the location of its final scene. Can you imagine the actor playing Oswald leaning out the same window?

  • Nancy Paris says:

    “South Pacific” performed on a beach in Pulau Tioman, Malaysia. That was the location for Bali Hai. I could really use a vacation.

  • Noah B says:

    Sweeney Todd in a barber shop….

  • Alan B. says:

    How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying at the Offices of The Donald at Trump Tower.

  • Lindsay Bryde says:

    Aaron Sorkin’s “Hidden in this Picture” on an actual hilltop with a film crew there to document the disastrous shot of trying to film in the opposite direction of Golden Hour as the play’s film crew tries to document Golden Hour with a silly cow in the way? Maybe that might be a bit too meta, but far too fun and sounds way too much like something Sorkin would do.

  • Amanda says:

    My favorite idea would be “Xanadu” staged at a roller rink. I think it could be staged in the round fairly easily since the Broadway production was nearly staged that way, what with the on-stage seats, and many rinks have unsurfaced space all the way around the perimeter for foot traffic, benches, concessions, etc. There would be ample room to feature the skating portions. The lighting at roller rinks would provide the perfect mood and many already have fantastic light shows and a disco ball.

  • Matt says:

    ‘Carnival’ or ‘State Fair’ staged at an actual old fashioned carnival or state fair.

  • Gillien says:

    It’s a day of theatre in Central Park, starting with the matinee of “Carousel” at the Central Park Carousel and then followed by the evening performance of “Talley’s Folly” at the boathouse.

  • Alexandra Gellner says:

    “Waiting for Godot” at the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park in the evening. x

  • Sabrina says:

    The Scottsboro Boys held in a large courtroom.
    The open area between the counsel tables and bench (the well) would need to be large enough for the ensemble dance numbers. Much of the staging and set pieces (the chairs and boards) would be able to remain similar to the Broadway production.
    If cast members were not performing in a scene, they would sit at chairs on the defense’s side. The only person who could sit on the prosecutor’s side would be The Interlocutor. When the Interlocutor portrays the judge, he could sit at the bench, which would even further accentuate his power as well as his role as the only white man in the show. The character of The Lady would sit where the court reporter sits, which accentuates how her character is silently taking in the proceedings and almost acting as a recorder for the future.
    Finally, the audience would, of course sit in the gallery (the front row of which would likely be premium-priced). Perhaps there could even be a lottery for the seats where the jury would go!

  • A midnight showing of “Doctor Faustus” at The New York Public Library in a bit of a style of “Sleep No More” where the actors move the audience from room to room.

  • “The Wiz” in a men’s bathroom.

  • Linda says:

    How about Catch Me If You Can in an airport?

  • Michael says:

    Dames at Sea (or Anything Goes) aboard the Staten Island Ferry.

  • David says:

    Via Galactica in a planetarium.

  • Justin says:

    DO I HEAR A WALTZ in an ampitheatre on a canal or river with the audience seated in gondolas.

  • Robin F says:

    Hamlet at the Beelitz Military Hospital in Germany. This now naturally decaying spot was built in the 1900s as a TB sanatorium, became a military hospital during WWI, and even once treated Hitler. The ghosts that walk the halls would provide a rich backdrop, possibly for a production that played up the insanity of the prince, and has gorgeous rooms, including one with a pool for Ophelia to drown in. Perhaps the audience could even move to different rooms for each act…
    Pictures of the site:

  • Aaron Henley says:

    Well here’s a few ideas:
    IN THE HEIGHTS – On the streets of Washington Heights (Specifically on the corner of 181st & St. Nicholas Ave.)
    ASSASSINS – In an old style shooting range or in a carnival tent.
    RAGTIME – Atlantic City boardwalk or warehouse/old factory.
    OKLAHOMA – In a barn or cornfield.
    INTO THE WOODS – In a library. The book shelves are like the trees and the books are symbolic of the “fairy tales.”
    ON THE TOWN – Times Square.
    CHESS – On an oversized out door Chess board.
    COMPANY- in a number a few New York apartments. (Where the audience is literally the “company”)
    SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE – In an art museum or Central park.

  • jodi says:

    Here are some entertaining options:
    Bye Bye Birdie in Sweet Apple, Ohio
    Alice in Wonderland on the corner of Haight and Ashbury in San Francisco
    Fiddler on the Roof – Minsk in Russia ( Belarus)

  • Anthony says:

    Damn Yankees in Yankee Stadium!

  • Jeffrey Simno says:

    First, a tribute to Aristophanes who inspired this blog:
    THE BIRDS performed on a floating cloud. (Think of the plush seating!)
    THE FROGS performed in the swamps of Louisiana with inclusive round-trip boat ride to Hades.
    Now, to become progressively exotic:
    THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE performed in Disney’s Magic Kingdom “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride.
    1776 performed in Philadelphia’s Independence Hall.
    JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR on the hill of Golgatha in Jerusalem.
    THE BEST LITTLE WHORE HOUSE IN TEXAS performed in a brothel with complimentary happy ending.
    The Who’s TOMMY in an actual pin-ball machine with a shrunken audience transported scene-to-scene within a clear pin-ball.
    THE TEMPEST on an island in the Bermuda Triangle during a hurricane.
    THE LITTLE MERMAID in the lost underwater kingdom of Atlantis.
    VIA GALACTICA on an asteroid.
    WAITING FOR GODOT at Godot’s house.
    NO EXIT in hell.

  • Jeffrey Simno says:

    SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK in a black hole.

  • Yosi Merves says:

    I would love to see Beauty and the Beast in an actual European castle
    What about Showboat on an actual riverboat?

  • Does giving 17 show suggestions give you a better chance of winning??? haha
    I think the Into the Woods in Regents Park in London looked fabulous. And Little Shop is happening this summer in San Fran on the streets/in a flower shop.
    I would love to see Godspell done where the audience can sit on pillows….

  • David C Neal says:

    Mine would be BARNUM inside the one-ring tent of The Big Apple Circus. The annual season at Lincoln Center ends in early January and then BARNUM could begin its run. Orchestra up where the band plays. Intimate setting for the wonderful story and music. Concessions smells fill the air. And all on a stage of sawdust. Beautiful!

  • Sara says:

    Despite it completely changing the fabulous design that supported it at the Royal Court, Mark Ravenhill’s “Over There” in Berlin during tourist season. Tourists have nothing to do with the play, but they’ll be the ones who won’t already know.

  • Jim Morgan says:

    STREET SCENE (Weill/Hughes/Anderson) done in Hell’s Kitchen at a fading tenement.

  • Jerry Katell says:

    Book of Mormon in the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City.

  • tamra says:

    i would have to go with Tarzan on a remote island with all the fun jungle stuff 🙂
    although i love what amanda said about xanadu at a roller rink!

  • Cam says:

    Uhhhhhhhhmmmmm, Spider Man inside of a comic book???

  • Robb J says:

    1776 at Independence Hall in Philly (or at the model of Independence Hall next to Knotts Berry farm

  • George DeMarco says:

    “One Few Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” in a psych ward at Bellvue hospital

  • Andy Monroe says:

    How about Neil Dunn’s STEAMING done in a real steam bath?

  • Zach says:

    Rocky Horror Show in a spooky, deserted mansion.

  • Sarah P. says:

    Phantom at the old Paris Opera House!! 🙂 Or, Rock of Ages in a strip club (with a good bar)…

  • Meg Rojahn says:

    I’d do Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at the Hermitage in Nashville.

  • “MAME” in The Tower of London 😉

  • says:

    AIDA in the Pyramids in Egypt! ” Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk” Done in Each of it’s locations. It takes place in locations all throughout America. First starting out in Africa Île de Gorée , then the slave ships ( No more of those) then the deep south, then Chicago, the steel mills, then Hollywood, The New York, Then Within one’s Heart! Now those are some locations to do a show! J

  • John Sweeney says:

    Maybe it’s not the most original idea, but I’d LOVE to see a production of FOLLIES staged at Brooklyn’s Harvey Theatre with the entire orchestra space at one level and the audience wandering in and among the cast members, as though they were at a real theatre party.
    Ideially, I would’ve loved to have seen a site-specific FOLLIES at the new Amsterdam Theatre on 42 Street before the magnificent restoration!

  • Jordan Levine says:

    The Wedding Singer performed as an actual wedding in a reception hall!

  • Brian Cullen says:

    Dual productions of THE LAST 5 YEARS – women in the audience travel with Jamie as he goes to each of the settings. The men in the audience travel with Kathy including going to Ohio, when the women have to leave early. The wedding scene would be the highlight of the show!

  • Becca says:

    Urinetown in a bathroom?

  • Bert says:

    Mack and Mable. On a soundstage.

  • David says:

    Rent in an East Village loft.

  • Justin says:

    Steel Pier, with the audience in the dance marathon.

  • Shannon D says:

    Spring Awakening in a high school cafeteria. The audience would sit at tables with a table or a few tables in the middle of the cafeteria. Same late 19th century costumes and all that jazz but in a modern setting to make sure that the relevance of the material really hits home.

  • Jake says:

    To add to the Sweeney Todd in a barber idea, it could be interesting to actually outfit a building with a barber shop up top and a pie shop at the bottom. Audience members could be randomly chosen to eat pies and get shaved (although there might be more liability there than at Spiderman).
    Anything Goes on the ferry is fun, but what if you staged it as the entertainment for an actual cruise. Again, the audience could be semi-incorporated into the action of the show, and could interact with the actors throughout the day. Reno would be the actual entertainment on the ship and the action could be played out in semi-real time. (I’d certainly go on that liner.)
    What if you staged Romeo and Juliet in a morgue? Line up a number of coffins and start the show with the prologue as a sort of intro to a eulogy. Each of the characters alive at the end of the show would deliver their lines as if at a wake or viewing. The whole play would be essentially a long eulogy for all the characters, but especially for R&J. The characters who end the show deceased would arise from their coffins when a scene called for it. Obviously a darker version of the show than is usually done, but perhaps would shed some new insight into the terrible fate set to befall the star-crossed lovers.

  • Jeff Solis says:

    “The Sound of Music” – outdoors right – in the Austrian Alps – with the audience following Maria, the nuns, and cast to the various scene locations by mini bus – like an outdoor musical SLEEP NO MORE.

  • Philip says:

    Anything Goes on the Carnival Ecstasy.

  • Yosi Merves says:

    I second Rocky Horror Show in a decrepit mansion.
    Has anyone mentioned Treasure Island in the Caribbean?

  • Mirirai says:

    Eurydice by Sarah ruhl in the underworld for 500 please…too far fetched??
    Then most likely “Street Scene” by Elmer Rice on the stoop of a NYC tenement!

  • Amanda S. says:

    MARAT/SADE, CUCKOO’S NEST and SWEENEY TODD in a mental institution in rep.
    KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN on Rikers Island.
    WAITING FOR GODOT in the lobby of a doctor’s office or fancy restaurant. Or even in Central Park outside the Delacorte on a summer morning.
    Ken, you really have your work cut out for you on this one. So many great ideas!

  • Ed Ertle says:

    “The Most Happy Fella” at a winery

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