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A poster showing a man's raised arm and an African-American woman wearing a head wrap. Faintly, in the background, a white woman is visible.

by Wole Soyinka
directed by Judyie Al-Bilali
Nov. 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 at 7:30
Nov. 13 at 10
Nov. 16 at 2
Curtain Theater

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. 

Content Advisory
This production includes simulated violence.

Production Credits

The Bacchae of Euripides: A Communion Rite
​​​​by Wole Soyinka 

Director: Judyie Al-Bilali
Dramaturg: Megan Lewis
Scenic Designer: Maryam Hemayati
Costume Designer: Emma Hollows
Lighting Designer: Sydney Becker
Sound Designer: Amy Altadonna
Voice and Speech Coach: Risher Reddick
Choreographer: Moriah Leigh
Intimacy Choreographer: Toby Vera Bercovici
Makeup Designer: Melissa Smith
Stage Manager: Tom Kelleher

Assistant Director: Gabriel Harrell
Assistant Dramaturg: Eliza McCann
Assistant Costume Designers: Samantha Brzozowski and Rebecca Cottrell
Assistant Sound Designer: Max Winalski
Assistant Stage Managers: Melissa Smith and Anna Zaczek

Dionysos: Steve Folmar
Pentheus: Jasper Wolf
Kadmos: Lucas La Guardia
Tiresias: Kit Newell
Agave: Hero Hendrick-Baker
Slave Leader: Darius Taylor
Old Slave: Hala Lord
Officer: Ryan Dunn
First Bacchante: Faolain Bobersky
Herdsmen: Luke Bosco
Alison Butts
Parker Fischer
Guards: Imran Mohamad
Ben Nadelstein
Matthew Suchecki
Slave Chorus: Chelsea Cannon 
Teara Cowan 
Nicholas Dix 
Simran Johar 
Urgyen Joshi 
Helen Rahman 
Bacchae: Stephanie Einstein 
Ruby Green 
Jasmine Inim 
Fleur Kuhta 
Isabelle Marseille 
Annabel Mott