The Bacchae: A Tragedy in One Act (from Kneehigh Theatre)
By Carl Gross and Anna Murphy
Adapted by Emma Rice
Directed by Sarah Gazdowicz
This performance will use strong language, violence, theatrical haze, and strobe lights.
Nov. 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12 at 8 p.m.
Nov. 6 at 2 p.m.
David Thayer Theatre, UI Theatre Building
King Pentheus of Thebes rules with utmost order and control until the god Dionysus arrives and swiftly builds a following of wild and unrepressed revelers called the Bacchae. When Pentheus refuses to recognize Dionysus’ divinity and lineage, how long will a young, confident, and savage god show patience toward mortal arrogance? Kneehigh Theatre adapts Euripides’s Greek tragedy in this play with music about the reclamation of identity and the consequences of oppressive rule.
Special thanks to Hanh Kratz, Design Engineer in the CLAS Biology Engineering Shop.