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The Bakkhai; or, I'm trying so hard to be good

October 17, 2020

available through October 24 

By Alix Rosenfeld

Directed by Tai Verley


Ilana is a big-shot director known for pushing the limits and launching new careers. Dee is a talented actress on the cusp of her big break. But during Dee’s audition to star in Ilana’s upcoming Broadway transfer, the truth about the show’s last run emerges, flipping the script and revealing truths untold. Inspiring, haunting and bold, The Bakkhai: or I’m trying so hard to be good, demonstrates the power of many voices coming together to demand action.

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Run Time: Approximately 30 minutes

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Production Staff

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 - Jaime Knarr


Ilana - Alison Scaramella Baker

Dee - Sharese Salters

The Collective - Veshonte Brown, Erin Coffman, Ryan Henry, and Autumn Blalock

About the Playwright

Alix Rosenfeld

Alix Rosenfeld (MA 2016) is a theatre artist and writer based in Philadelphia and has worked regionally and internationally at such companies as the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. Recent credits include: Shakespeare In Love (People’s Light), Box Clever (Inis Nua Theatre Company), and The Merchant of Venice (Delaware Shakespeare). She is a contributing writer to HuffPost, HowlRound, and Broad Street Review and is a proud staff member of the Wilma Theater.

About the Director

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Tai Verley (she/her) is an actor, director, and teaching artist who moved to Philadelphia from New York. With a B.A. from Vassar College and an M.F.A. from The New School for Drama, she has worked professionally all around the US with companies like The Arden Theatre Company, Delaware Shakespeare, Lean Theatre Ensemble, Philadelphia Artists' Collective, Fusion Theatre Company and more. Thankfully and proudly, she is also a member of Actor’s Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA. She is also currently the Artistic Director of Revolution Shakespeare.