(Editor's note: The following is a press release from The University of Akron.)
The University of Akron (UA) Theatre Program presents the premiere of The BACCHAE 2012 with eight performances in November at Sandefur Theatre in Guzzetta Hall, 139 Buchtel Ave.
Directed by UA Theatre Professor James Slowiak, performances are Nov. 1-3 and Nov. 7-10 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. Slowiak is the recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Artist in Theatre Award from the Akron Area Alliance.
The BACCHAE 2012 is based on Charles Mee's adaptation of the Greek tragedy by Euripides. The play spins a tale of indulgence, insanity, violence, and revenge orchestrated by Dionysus, the god of wine and madness. In this production, audience members will be invited to sit around a communion table and partake in soup and beverages as the tragedy plays out.
Each show will be followed by a discussion featuring UA faculty speakers Cydney Spohn, dance; Donna Webb, art; Pat Hill, communication; Kathy Feltey, sociology; and Bill Lyons, political science.
The BACCHAE 2012 is the finale of the UA Theatre Program's Dionysos Project, a three-year exploration of the Dionysus myth. Last year's The Great God Brown and 2010's A Mouthful of Birds were the first two performances in this project.
Tickets for The BACCHAE 2012 are $12 general admission; $10 for seniors and UA faculty, staff and alumni; and $6 for students. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. The production features mature content and may not be suitable for younger audiences. For more information, call (330) 972-7895 or visit http://www.uakron.edu/dtaa.