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The Bacchae

When: Thu., Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m., Sun., Sept. 28, 3 & 7:30 p.m., Mon., Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m. and Tue., Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m. 2014

Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, is associated with prophecy, religious ecstasy, and, of course, drunken revelry. The College of Charleston School of the Arts will perform Derek Mahon’s translation of Euripides’ classic The Bacchae. Directed by David Lee Nelson, the play follows Dionysus’ return to his hometown of Thebes, where worship of him has been banned because of a nasty rumor about his mother. He seeks vengeance against the slanderers and justice for his tarnished name. The play’s title is the Romanized version of the Greek word “bakkhai,” which describes the frenzied, raving female followers of Dionysus. The women worshippers of Dionysus were known to run off to the woods and dance wildly, causing any men who stumbled into their midst to break out in a murderous rage. Nelson has worked with choreographer Gretchen McLaine to create the movements of the wild women of Thebes. He’s also decided to present a lighter side to this ancient tragedy. Regarding the choice of Derek Mahon’s translation, Nelson says, “I was really attracted to the language that he used and the humor that he found in the story … I always try to find the humor in things that are serious, and vice versa.” Bronson Taylor stars as Dionysus; Keanu Thompson as the king of Thebes, Pentheus; and Ashley Gennarelli as the king’s mother, Agave

Katherine LaDue

Price: $15, $10/students, seniors, faculty

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