Directed by Granada Artist-in-Residence Barry McGovern
Translated by Derek Mahon
Stage and screen actor Barry McGovern known for his roles in Far and Way, Braveheart, Joe Verus the Volcano and Waiting for Godot directs the famous Greek tragedy The Bacchae depicting a mortal struggle between the twin forces of control and freedom. Dionysus, god of wine and revelry, aided by his wild Bacchae followers, locks horns with King Pentheus of Thebes in a violent power struggle of great confusion and madness.
This translation of The Bacchae by distinguished Irish poet Derek Mahon is very modern in tone and richly comedic without weakening the tragedy. McGovern's direction brings the classic close to home with Dionysus portrayed as a rock star, the Bacchae chorus outfitted as American cheerleaders, Agave's followers as dominatrixes, and soldiers dressed in contemporary uniform.
This production is rated PG-13 for language and violent images.
Podcast of Barry McGovern on Cap Radio's INSIGHT 11.28.12
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