Virtual Rehearsed Reading of Euripides' Bacchae
Black-figure amphora with lid, Attributed to a painter in the Leagros Group Greek, Athens, found at Vulci, 530–520 BC. Terracotta, H 25 3/4 in. (65.4 cm). Side A: Warriors brawling (Ajax and Odysseus?); Side B: Dionysos with musical procession of satyrs and maenads. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of M. H. de Young, 24874.1-2
Join the Ancient Art Council for a rehearsed reading of Euripides' Bacchae directed and presented by Carey Perloff, artistic director emerita of the American Conservatory Theater.
Following our acclaimed exploration of Medea last December, we will present a rehearsed reading on Zoom of Euripides' most complex and mysterious play The Bacchae. The Bacchae follows a conservative political leader, Pentheus, whose city is overrun by freedom-seeking followers of the Dionysus, God of Wine and Theater. Pentheus and Dionysus battle for power as the women of Thebes flock to the mountains to celebrate this potent and erotic new god, culminating in the tragic demise of Pentheus' own mother and the realization that extremes always result in destruction. The Bacchae will once again feature music by David Coulter and a cast of Bay Area and national favorites.
Live streamed through Zoom