“Dinner & a Show” to Feature the Ancient Greek Bawdy Comedy Lysistrata

Please note that this show contains mature content

Before the show, area residents can enjoy pre-theater dinner specials
at local independent restaurants.

Ursinus College and the Collegeville Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) are teaming up to offer a “Dinner & a Show” promotion featuring Lysistrata, a fast-paced comedy adapted by Ellen McLaughlin based on Aristophanes’ original play performed in Athens in 411 BCE.

The war-weary women of Athens and Sparta want to end the Peloponnesian war, and their strategy is radically simple: participate in a sex strike until the men lay down their arms.

Although the play illustrates the classic theme of the war between the sexes, the overall message is amazingly contemporary. The plot of this classic Greek drama has inspired everything from novels to musicals to an episode of M*A*S*H*. In 2015, filmmaker Spike Lee retold the story in the film Chi-Raq in which women in Chicago withhold sex in order to pressure men to end gang violence.

Fourteen local restaurants will be offering dinner specials to individuals attending the show.

Performances for this comedy are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22; Friday, Feb. 23; and Saturday, Feb. 24 at Ursinus’s Lenfest Theater.  A 2 p.m. matinee will be held on Sunday, Feb. 25.

Tickets are only $8 general admission and $5 for students and senior citizens. They can be purchased at the Ursinus box office or by calling 610-409-3030 or  on-line at ursinus.edu/tickets.


Individuals will be issued a receipt to show at the participating restaurant on the day of the performance to get the dinner special, and also to show at the Ursinus College box office if they are picking up their tickets.  Theater-goers should arrive at the box office at least 15 minutes before the show begins.

The following restaurants are offering dinner specials to customers attending Lysistrata  It is highly recommended that theatergoers make reservations with them and arrive at the restaurant by 5:30 p.m. to enjoy a leisurely dinner and to allow enough time to get to the Ursinus campus.

Bonjung Japanese Restaurant BYOB http://www.bonjungsushi.com/Tel. 610 489 7022 – A free special appetizer per table when ordering a main entrée NOTE:  On Sundays, Bonjung is open for dinner only from 4 to 8 p.m.

Copperfield Inn http://www.copperfieldinn.net/

Tel 484 938 7082 –10% off each dinner

DaVinci’s Pub http://www.davincispub.com/

Tel. 610 831 1955 –10% off each dinner

Forno Antico BYOB http://www.fornoanticopizzanapolitana.com/

Tel. 610 454 113010% off each dinner

Marzella’s Pizza BYOB http://www.marzellaspizza.com/

Tel. 610 489 4946 – 10% off each dinner

My Friends Tavern http://www.myfriendstavern.com/

Tel. 610 489 1808 — A surprise special side

Osteria http://www.osteriaevansburg.com/

Tel. 610 489 9886 —10% off each dinner

Rocco’s Brick Oven Pizzeria BYOB http://www.roccosbrickoven.net/

Tel. 610 831 0100 –10% off each dinner

Shagun Fine Indian Cuisine BYOB  http://www.shagunindianrestaurant.com/

Tel. 610 409 9988 – 15% off each dinner

Thai Basil Bistro BYOB http://thaibasilbistrocpa.com/

610 489 3633 10% off each dinner

The Pizza Stop (BYOB for wine and beer) http://www.pizzastopcollegeville.com/

Tel. 610 489 6225 – 10% off each dinner

Tortugas Mexican Eatery http://www.tortugasmex.com/

Tel. 610 489 0600 – 15% off each dinner

The Trappe Tavern http://trappetavern2.com/

Tel. 610 489 8686 – 10% off each dinner

WIBS Wings Ribs & More BYOB http://www.wibswingsribsmore.com/

Tel. 610 489 1350 – 10% off each dinner

The Lenfest Theater is located within the college’s Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center. Theatergoers should park in the college’s west parking lot, entering from Ninth Ave. For directions visit ursinus.edu/about/getting-here.

For more information, contact the CEDC office at manager@collegevilledevelopment.org, telephone 484 975 2086 or Cathy Kernen, CEDC President at catherine.kernen@comcast.net or 610 409 0370.