September 24 - October 4, 2020
A New Version by Anne Carson
Directed by James Ijames
“I came to thrill you, Thebes. Don’t doubt I will.”
When Dionysus, god of theatre, ecstasy and intoxication discovers that his cousin King Pentheus has banned his worship and denied his divinity, all hell breaks loose. Wild women revolt, revels turn to revenge, and heads will roll. Simultaneously ancient and shockingly contemporary, this new adaptation takes a sharp look at familial violence, the dangers of despotism, and the shackles of strict gender roles. This epic tragedy of mythic proportions–subversive for its time and still provocative today–captures the raw power of live theatre with the ever-mischievous Dionysus presiding as master of ceremonies.