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Lysistrata Jones

Disclaimer

2014-0224 postcard_lysistrata1-150x233The video below is not a recording from the production of Lysistrata Jones I saw at the West Coast (United States) premier presented by Chance Theater. This post is not a review of the original play or the current musical. However, the post will reveal the connection between one song in the musical and recovery from adversity. I did not request, nor shall I receive, any compensation for writing this post.


By the way, the musical is NOT appropriate for children, but this post and the embedded video are suitable for all audiences.

Introduction

According to Sarah DuVal, who wrote an introduction to the musical satire Lysistrata Jones in the FootLights playbill, “Lysistrata Jones is a modern retelling of Lysistrata written by Ancient Greek playwright, Aristophanes.” At the time it was written, approximately two thousand years ago, the play was performed “in front of Athenian audiences in the midst of the Peloponnesian War” which had been going on for a little over 20 years. The fact people are “still finding ways to incorporate the ideologies of Lyistrata into their lives speaks to the talents and wisdom of Aristophanes.”

My Mental Notes

Although the story of Lysistrata Jones is definitely not about brain injury or recovery from a life-threatening medical adversity,  one song in the musical (see video below) caught my attention because it asks the question, “Where am I now,” which is the same question many members of our community have asked at least once since their injury or illness. In the musical, the question pertains to a long string of perceived failures. We often ask the same question when we think about our “new normal” or the idealistic end of the “journey to recovery.”

My day began like many other days, but the phenomenal acting, singing, choreography, and set design of the Chance Theater production turned my ordinary day into an extraordinary evening.

Video

Call to Action

If you have any suggestions to help people affected by adversity understand where they are now, please leave your comments in the field below this post.

Credits

Thanks to Douglas Carter Beane who wrote the book and lyrics upon which the musical is based; Lewis Flinn who wrote the music; Chance Theater, its cast, directors, assistants; choreographers, designers, managers, staff, sponsors, and donors who made the West Coast premiere possible and enjoyable; Libby Servais for singing “Where am I Now” from Lysistrata Jones; YouTube for hosting the video I used in this post; and all the other people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture, video, and text I used in this post.

Scott
Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.


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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.