A Greek Tragedy: 'The Bakkhai' to be Performed | St. Lawrence University University Communications

A Greek Tragedy: 'The Bakkhai' to be Performed

By Chloe Mitchell '21

St. Lawrence University’s Department of Performance and Communication Arts will put on a production of "The Bakkhai" at 8 p.m. from Wednesday, Nov. 6, to Saturday, Nov. 9, along with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10, in the Edison R. Miles Black Box Theater. All showings are free and open to the public, but advance tickets are required.

Originally written by Athenian playwright Euripides and newly translated to stage by Anne Carson, the play is directed by Angela Sweigart-Gallagher, assistant professor of performance and communication arts. The production is an interpretation of a Greek tragedy to match modern society struggles. Swiegart-Gallagher states: “I was drawn to this play because of the sad contemporary statement it presents, including the way in which powerful men have effectively weaponized the bodies of women and people of color, to use them as battleground in their quests for prestige and power.” She believes the play is a direct play off of the “cathartic moment of unbridled rage in the world of politics today.”

The play will feature a cast that is about 50 percent first-year students, offering a young, yet energized group of students to take on the heavy topic. Even though "The Bakkhai" was originally written for an all-female cast, this production will include the use of cross-gender casting. "The Bakkhai" will also incorporate new features including, the use of a four-sided audience viewing of the stage, a canopy of green over the audience to signify the presence of the natural world, and edible body parts designed by Kristin Hunt of Arizona State University.

Tickets will be available online at stlawu.edu/performance-and-communication-arts. Select "Get Tickets."

For more information, contact the Department of Performance and Communication Arts at 315-229-5166.