The Bacchae

translation by AARON POOCHIGIAN
directed by ANNE BOGART
created and performed by SITI COMPANY

February 29 – April 5, 2020
McGuire Proscenium Stage

A spellbinding Greek tragedy

In Euripides’ tale of hubris and tyranny, a disguised Dionysus descends on the city of Thebes to prove Zeus is his father and settle a score with his mortal adversary King Pentheus. His attempts to tear the people’s loyalties away from the king cause a frenzy of emotion that lands Dionysus in prison. But Pentheus’ misguided attempt to suppress the god’s influence tests his leadership and threatens to bring his family to ruin. With striking visuals and bewitching beauty, legendary director Anne Bogart gives this ancient tale a modern, razor-sharp edge.

This adaptation was commissioned by The J. Paul Getty Museum and first performed at the Getty Villa on September 5, 2018. This production was funded, in part, by The Howard Gilman Foundation.

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Prices range from $25 to $79.

Pro tip: Preview performances start at $15 (February 29 – March 5). Hurry, these go quickly! 

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ASL-interpreted, audio-described and open-captioned performances are available on select dates.

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The Bacchae will take place on the McGuire Proscenium Stage.

Pro tip: Can't do stairs or have a special seating request? Call the Box Office for details. 

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