Norman Bel Geddes Database
Job 194, Lysistrata, 1930-1933, 1947
This comedy was adapted from Aristophanes by Gilbert Seldes and Bel Geddes. Produced by the Philadelphia Theatre Association (Horace Howard Furness, Jr., and Dorothy Lockhart), it was designed and directed by Geddes. Music was composed by Leo Ornstein, with dance choreography by Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman. It opened at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia on 12 May 1930 with Fay Bainter, Miriam Hopkins, José Limon, Hope Emerson, Ernest Truex, and Sidney Greenstreet. It opened in New York at the 44th Street Theatre on 9 June 1930 with Blanche Yurka as Lysistrata, running for 252 performances, and at the Majestic Theatre in Chicago on 4 November 1930 with Mrs. Coburn in the cast. It was revived as a prospect for a musical called Lizzy (job 812) in 1958.
A translation of Lysistrata by Jack Lindsay with manuscript notes by Geddes, previously cataloged as folder k 2, is cataloged in the Theatre Arts Library (-Q- PA 3877 L8 1926 HRC-TA).
Hunter Code: DR 27
Hunter Guide: page 67