In Odyssey Theatre’s Lysistrata and The Temple of Gaia, the audience is brought forward in time as tourists to a not too distant future where humankind has continued on its path of self-absorbed entitlement and waste to have basically ruined the planet. The rich live with their slaves in enclaves, somewhat protected from the incredibly volatile weather, willfully ignoring everything that might cause them upset.
Lysistrata (Lizzie) is barren and has concocted a plan to call upon the ancient Greek goddess Gaia to help get her knocked up. In the meanwhile, her husband has embarked on a quest to make him undisputed tyrant (his word) of Greece, where the play is set. They’re at odds immediately and their conflict is escalated to the nth after the Gaia summoning is successful and Gaia lays out an ultimatum for Lysistrata with the fate of all humankind at stake.