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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.