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Awakening savage frenzy in the women of Thebes, the god of
wine, ecstasy and fertility lays bare the duality of our natures: that each of
us, no matter how civilized, has a wild beast within.
Audience Advisory: This
production includes sexuality, eroticism, violence and other mature themes
and might not be suitable for some audiences.
The demi-god Dionysos has arrived in Thebes in human form with vengeance in his heart. Derided as an imposter by the city’s ruler, King Pentheus, this charismatic stranger has induced madness in the Theban women, who have run off to join his cult of female followers, the Bakkhai.
News of their frenzied rioting prompts Pentheus to declare war on the Bakkhai – who include his own mother, Agave – only to be lured by Dionysos toward a fate of the starkest horror.
by EuripidesA new version by Anne CarsonDirector Jillian Keiley
Production support is generously
provided by M.E.H. Foundation.
Support for the 2017 season of the Tom Patterson Theatre is
generously provided by Richard Rooney & Laura Dinner.
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