BACCHAE by Euripides

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Each fall, this series features a classical tragedy or comedy in the Getty Villa's dramatic Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater, an outdoor venue modeled after ancient Greek and Roman theaters.

BACCHAE by Euripides

Directed by Anne Bogart
Co-produced by SITI Company
Translated by Aaron Poochigian

Thursdays–Saturdays
September 6–September 29, 2018 8:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, the Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater

Thursdays: $40 general, $36 senior/student
Fridays: $42 general
Saturdays: $48 general

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Running time is approximately 100 minutes, no intermission. This production is not recommended for persons under 12.

Packed with striking scenes, frenzied emotion, and choral songs of great power and beauty, Bacchae endures as one of Euripides's greatest surviving works. Dionysus, the god of wine, ritual madness, fertility, and theater, arrives in disguise at his birthplace in Greece. As revenge for a personal slight, he begins to spread his cult among the people of Thebes. His adversary King Pentheus, fearing the ensuing disorder, imprisons him to suppress his influence. This misguided attempt to thwart divine will leads to catastrophe for Pentheus and his entire family. The bacchants called Dionysus "the god of letting go," reminding us to respect our human wildness. Otherwise we may fall prey to the tyranny of excessive order or the chaos of collective passion.

Reviews

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"So, the technicality of the text is well-handled, and the cast is comprised of highly talented and effective players. However, whether we look at producing "Bacchae" as an artistic challenge or as a ritual act of observance to the god itself, the vital — and necessary — feeling of pleasure is woefully missing. "Bacchae" may talk a big game, but this production feels undeniably prudish. If you're looking for Bacchic revelry, sorry, you'll have to settle for academia."

sweet-sour - Vanessa Cate - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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"SITI Company has brought its production of Euripides' “Bacchae” to the Getty Villa outdoor amphitheater, where this vibrant evening reminds us that the ancient Greek playwrights put human behavior downstage center, and that human behavior hasn't changed much since ancient times. Several other factors make this production immediate and engaging. In large part, Aaron Poochigian's new translation and Anne Bogart's direction feel contemporary but are based in classicism."

sweet - Dany Margolies - Daily News - ...read full review


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"Everyone is truly excellent. There is a beautiful variety of humanity on stage in all their glory, bringing individuality to the chorus and subtle uniqueness to every synchronized chant and harmonized line. There is a syncopation to the performances and a clear separation of god and everyone else that just works. It's very much “us” vs “god.” A kind of “be careful what you wish for” mixed with “do as you would be done by” and a dash of “The Shining.” ...I absolutely loved and highly recommend “Bacchae” at The Getty Villa. I may even go again…It's only on for a few weeks so I urge you to get your tickets right away and to take in the beauty of the museum before the show. We are so lucky to live in a city with such incredible performance spaces!"

sweet - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


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"In the play, Euripides skillfully interweaves the titular Bacchae with the Greek chorus. They are mostly unattractively, unappealingly clad by Eleni Kyriacou and Lena Sands in black skirts and jackets - there is not a toga to be seen. I keep complaining about these mostly toga-less revivals of Greek classics and am beginning to suspect that contemporary showrunners feel a compulsion about needing to “update” ancient plays to make more “relatable” to 21st century auds."

sour - Ed Rampell - Free Press - ...read full review


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"Through the direction of Anne Bogart from the New York-based SITI Company, one cannot help but be gripped. Euripides' Bacchae is heavy material, but Bogart skillfully unearths comedic gems, Bacchanalian beats, and horrific depths so that within 90 minutes, the audience is at turns highly entertained and terrified."

sweet - Leticia Marie Sanchez - Cultural Cocktail Hour - ...read full review


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"Anne Bogart is an ideal auteur to take on this formidable masterpiece. Her combination of directorial freedom and formal elegance is exactly what's required to make “Bacchae” live again. The new production at the Getty Villa's outdoor Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater, a collaboration with Bogart's SITI Company, might not satisfy purists. But it's by far the most theatrically assured rendition of the play I've encountered. The fluid translation by Aaron Poochigian is as mercurial as the staging."

sweet - Charles McNulty - LA Times - ...read full review


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"So, the technicality of the text is well-handled, and the cast is comprised of highly talented and effective players. However, whether we look at producing "Bacchae" as an artistic challenge or as a ritual act of observance to the god itself, the vital — and necessary — feeling of pleasure is woefully missing. "Bacchae" may talk a big game, but this production feels undeniably prudish. If you're looking for Bacchic revelry, sorry, you'll have to settle for academia."

sweet-sour - Vanessa Cate - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Avatar
"SITI Company has brought its production of Euripides' “Bacchae” to the Getty Villa outdoor amphitheater, where this vibrant evening reminds us that the ancient Greek playwrights put human behavior downstage center, and that human behavior hasn't changed much since ancient times. Several other factors make this production immediate and engaging. In large part, Aaron Poochigian's new translation and Anne Bogart's direction feel contemporary but are based in classicism."

sweet - Dany Margolies - Daily News - ...read full review


Avatar
"Everyone is truly excellent. There is a beautiful variety of humanity on stage in all their glory, bringing individuality to the chorus and subtle uniqueness to every synchronized chant and harmonized line. There is a syncopation to the performances and a clear separation of god and everyone else that just works. It's very much “us” vs “god.” A kind of “be careful what you wish for” mixed with “do as you would be done by” and a dash of “The Shining.” ...I absolutely loved and highly recommend “Bacchae” at The Getty Villa. I may even go again…It's only on for a few weeks so I urge you to get your tickets right away and to take in the beauty of the museum before the show. We are so lucky to live in a city with such incredible performance spaces!"

sweet - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


Avatar
"In the play, Euripides skillfully interweaves the titular Bacchae with the Greek chorus. They are mostly unattractively, unappealingly clad by Eleni Kyriacou and Lena Sands in black skirts and jackets - there is not a toga to be seen. I keep complaining about these mostly toga-less revivals of Greek classics and am beginning to suspect that contemporary showrunners feel a compulsion about needing to “update” ancient plays to make more “relatable” to 21st century auds."

sour - Ed Rampell - Free Press - ...read full review


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"Through the direction of Anne Bogart from the New York-based SITI Company, one cannot help but be gripped. Euripides' Bacchae is heavy material, but Bogart skillfully unearths comedic gems, Bacchanalian beats, and horrific depths so that within 90 minutes, the audience is at turns highly entertained and terrified."

sweet - Leticia Marie Sanchez - Cultural Cocktail Hour - ...read full review


Avatar
"Anne Bogart is an ideal auteur to take on this formidable masterpiece. Her combination of directorial freedom and formal elegance is exactly what's required to make “Bacchae” live again. The new production at the Getty Villa's outdoor Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater, a collaboration with Bogart's SITI Company, might not satisfy purists. But it's by far the most theatrically assured rendition of the play I've encountered. The fluid translation by Aaron Poochigian is as mercurial as the staging."

sweet - Charles McNulty - LA Times - ...read full review