McDaniel College Theatre presents “The Bakkhai,” April 18 through April 21 at 7:30 p.m. in WMC Alumni Hall. The production is directed by McDaniel’s theatre arts department chair, Elizabeth van den Berg.
This powerful new translation of “The Bakkhai,” Euripides's Greek classic, is by award-winning Classics scholar, poet, and writer Anne Carson. The story examines what happens after Pentheus has banned the wild, ritualistic worship of the god Dionysos. A stranger arrives to persuade him to change his mind. This electrifying tragedy is a struggle to the death between freedom and restraint, the rational and the irrational, man and god.
McDaniel students making up the cast are Vanessa Bliss, Bryan Bowen, Matt Boykin-Derrill, Mikayla Braswell, Zack Callis, Kara Coffman, Karly Congero, Torreke Evans, Andrew Frascella, Matt Foley, Lauren McKenna, Olivia Michel, Anna Odell, Brandon Richards, Anna Rozier, Megan Smith, Danielle Taylor, Alex Tolle, Kevin Tyson Jr., Jen Willard, and Patsy Zetkulic. Senior Joseph Fox is the light designer and McDaniel professor Ira Domser, in his last show before retiring from the College, is the set designer.
As for why she chose this play, director van den Berg says she was “inspired by the Women’s March and the election of Donald Trump. The women of Thebes have gone mad with the worship of Dionysos, and the newly minted arrogant King Pentheus will have none of it. Desperate to control his kingdom, he laughs in the face of the god. I’m excited to bring this lively contemporary version of this ancient Greek Tragedy to life on our stage.”
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors, students, military, and the McDaniel College community. For more information, call the box office at 410-857-2448.
Saturday, April 21 at 7:30pm
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