October 24, 2020
available through October 31
By Jessica Bedford
Directed by James Ijames
In pairs and whispers, the daughters of King Cadmus divulge the news of their pregnancies. Agave carries the future king, while Semele carries the child of Zeus. Semele grapples with whether to reveal the fantastic truth of her son’s otherworldly conception, only to quickly learn that others will come to their own conclusions. A witty contemporary prequel to Euripides’ Bakkhai, Beginning offers a glimpse into the bonds of sisterhood and the moment a family is changed forever.
Costume Designer - Anna Sorrentino
Lighting Designer - Jerry Forsyth
Sound Designer - John Stovicek
Props Designer - Sharri Jerue
Dramaturg - Zach Apony
Stage Management Consultant - John Flak
Stage Manager - Mackenzie Bradley
Agave - Tina Lynch
Semele - Lora Margerum
Autonoe - Manda Jacobi
Ino - Angela Rose Longo
About the Playwright
Jessica Bedford (MA 2010) is a Philadelphia-based theatre artist. Her plays have been produced by Passage Theatre, Juniper Productions, Montgomery Theatre, Act II Playhouse, 1812 Productions and Tiny Dynamite. Her play Reveille won the 2014 Sue Winge Playwriting Award (Villanova University). Jessica was a finalist for Theatre Philadelphia’s 2018 Otto Haas Emerging Artist Award.
About the Director
James Ijames is an Assistant Professor of Theatre and a Philadelphia-based actor, director and playwright who currently serves as co-Artistic Director for The Wilma Theater. James’ plays include WHITE, The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington, Moon Man Walk, The Threshing Floor and Osiris: Redux. In 2017, he received the Whiting Award for Drama and was granted a Pew Fellow Residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts in California. In 2015, he was awarded a Pew Fellowship and the Kesselring Honorable Mention Prize. James is a member of the InterAct Core Writers Group and a mentor for The Foundry. He received a BA in Drama from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and an MFA in Acting from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.