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Transport Group's LYSISTRATA JONES to Extend One Week Only Through Fri, Jun 24

FOLLOWING RAVE REVIEWS
AND SELL-OUT CROWDS
TRANSPORT GROUP'S

LYSISTRATA JONES

TO EXTEND ONE WEEK ONLY
THROUGH FRIDAY, JUNE 24

On the heels of rave reviews and sell-out crowds, Transport Group has announced that its production of the New York premiere of Lysistrata Jones, will extend one week only through Friday, June 24. Lysistrata Jones has a book by Douglas Carter Beane; music and lyrics by Lewis Flinn; direction and choreography by Dan Knechtges. The musical plays at Judson Memorial Church Gymnasium, 243 Thompson Street at Washington Square South.

Transport Group's Artistic Director Jack Cummings III says, "We are overjoyed and thrilled that audiences are loving Lysistrata Jones. Like all good college girls, I'm sure she'll be back on campus in the fall."

Lysistrata Jones has been playing to sold-out houses since opening Sunday, June 5 to rave notices:

"This goofy tale of basketball on a "less than competitive" college campus exudes the kind of youth-fueled energy that revs up the metabolism of everyone in the bleachers. Like "Glee" and the wonderful Broadway hit The Book of Mormon, Lysistrata Jones suggests that sneering at the pop corniness of old-fashioned musicals is so over. Lysistrata Jones is having too much fun to be merely cool."
Ben Brantley, The New York Times

"This terrific splash of summer fun is staged in a gym, and could well turn into the basketball answer to The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The wonderful cast handles the show's one-liners and the aerobic numbers with frisky flair."
Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Post

"A naughty, bubbly, modern goof on Aristophanes' naughty, bubbly, ancient goof about women denying their men in order to stop their constant warring. It's an answer to the question, what if we cast really talented, good-looking people and dressed them sparingly? The answer to this question, as we all know, is Yes, sure thing.
Scott Brown, New York

"This bouncy comedy is performed by a talented, energetic group of attractive young actors who make the most of the athletic choreography, strong tunes and smart, witty lyrics. And they do it while shooting hoops at times, too."
Jennifer Farrar, Associated Press

"Lysistrata Jones is a slyly contrived "High School Musical" for adults, lubricated with gallons of Grecian formula. New site-specific offering has the potential to make it to the big leagues."
Steven Suskin, Variety

The Athens University basketball team hasn't won a game in 30 years. But when spunky transfer student Lysistrata Jones dares the squad's fed-up girlfriends to stop 'giving it up' to their boyfriends until they win a game, their legendary losing streak could be coming to an end.

Join Lyssie and her girl-power posse courtside for the New York City premiere of this boisterous new pop musical comedy. Adapted from Aristophanes' comedy, Lysistrata, Tony-nominated bookwriter Douglas Carter Beane (Sister Act, Xanadu,The Little Dog Laughed) and composer-lyricist Lewis Flinn (The Divine Sister) have given the classic Greek tale a riotous new twist. Directed and choreographed by Tony nominee Dan Knechtges (Xanadu, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and staged in an actual gymnasium, Lysistrata Jones takes student activism to a whole new level and celebrates the journey of discovering and embracing who you truly are.

The cast of Lysistrata Jones is Alexander Aguilar (Uardo), Katie Boren (Lampito Kanagawa), Lindsay Chambers (Robin/Shelley), Max Kumangai (Tyllus), Liz Mikel (Heterai), Patti Murin (Lysistrata Jones), Kat Nejat (Cleonice), Josh Segarra (Mick), LaQuet Sharnell (Mhyrinne), Jason Tam (Xander), Teddy Toye (Harold), and Alex Wyse (Cinesius). Ato Blankson-Wood takes over the role of Tyllus beginning Wednesday, June 15.

Set design for Lysistrata Jones is by Allen Moyer; costume design is by David C. Woolard and Thomas Charles LeGalley; lighting design is by Michael Gottlieb; sound design is by Tony Meola. The music director is Brad Simmons; production stage manager is Wendy Patten.

Judson Memorial Church has long been associated with the arts. Since the 1960s Judson Church has been known as a venue for avant-garde arts and a champion of First Amendment rights in the face of attempts to censor artists and their work. The arts at Judson thrive today, as Judson makes its facilities available to diverse styles of artists in dance, theatre, music, and visual arts from all corners of New York and beyond.

Transport Group's production of Lysistrata Jones launches the renovation of Judson Gymnasium into a new theater space that will create even more opportunities for artists to develop and perform their work for years to come. For more information, visit Judson's website: www.judson.org.

Founded in 2001, Transport Group, under the leadership of Jack Cummings III, Artistic Director, and Lori Fineman, Executive Director, is a not-for-profit theatre company that develops and produces work by American playwrights and composers with the aim of exploring the American consciousness in the 20th and 21st centuries. Transport Group is the winner of a special 2007 Drama Desk Award for its "breadth of vision and its presentation of challenging productions." Transport Group presented its premiere production in 2002: Thornton Wilder's Our Town, which featured older actors in the roles of Emily and George and a twelve-year-old girl as the Stage Manager. Its second production, Requiem for William, an evening of seven seldom produced plays by William Inge, that featured a cast of 26 as well as original songs, premiered in 2003. In 2004 the company presented the first New York revival of Michael John LaChiusa's First Lady Suite, which received rave reviews, played to sold-out houses, and earned two Drama Desk Award nominations including outstanding revival of a musical. Recent productions include the world premiere of the musical The Audience, which featured a cast of 46 actors and earned three Drama Desk Award nominations, including outstanding musical; Normal, a new musical about a mother's battle to save her daughter from anorexia; cul-de-sac, a new play by Tony Award nominee John Cariani; the first New York revival of Tad Mosel's Pulitzer Prize play, All the Way Home; the 50th anniversary, Obie-winning production of William Inge's The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, the world premiere musicals Crossing Brooklyn, Marcy in the Galaxy, and Being Audrey, and the first New York revival of Irwin Shaw's Bury the Dead. Both First Lady Suite and Bury the Dead were filmed for the New York Performing Arts Library's Theatre on Film and Tape Archive. In 2010 Transport Group presented a sold-out, extended engagement of Mart Crowley's The Boys in the Band, which was nominated for five 2010 Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Revival of a Play—the most for an off-Broadway play. Transport Group's productions of See Rock City and Other Destinations by Brad Alexander and Adam Mathias and Hello Again by Michael John LaChiusa combined for eleven 2011 Drama Desk Award nominations and one win.

For more information about Transport Group visit www.transportgroup.org.
Lysistrata Jones plays at the Gym at Judson, 243 Thompson Street at Washington Square South. The performance schedule through Sunday, June 19 is Wednesday through Friday, and Sunday at 8pm. The Saturday performance schedule is as follows: Saturday, June 11 at 8pm; Saturday, June 18 at 4pm and 8pm. The playing schedule for the extension, beginning Tuesday, June 21, is Tuesday at 5pm; Wednesday at 2pm and 8pm; Thursday at 2pm and 8pm; and Friday at 2pm. Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.transportgroup.org or by phoning 866 811-4111. For more information about Transport Group and Lysistrata Jones, visit www.transportgroup.org.

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