Theater Performance: 'The Bacchae of Euripides'
November 7—November 9, 2019 7:30 pm
November 14—November 16, 2019 7:30 pm
November 13, 2019 10:00 am
November 16, 2019 2:00 pm
UMass Amherst Campus
Ecstatic dance and music fuel political uprising in Soyinka’s adaptation of Euripides’ classic play about a god and the despot who attempts to control him. When autocratic King Pentheus of Thebes imprisons Dionysus, the god of wine, fertility, and theater, he unleashes a frenzied revolt among the women of the city, driving them to the mountains and to madness. Gender, sexuality, and identity become transgressive, visceral expressions of protest among Dionysus and his followers, the Bacchantes, linking a mythical past to the art and creativity that power revolutionary change today.
by Wole Soyinka
directed by Judyie Al-Bilali