The Bacchae

By Euripides
Directed by Eric Hill, chair, theater arts department
Adapted by Eric Hill and Leonard Muellner
Original music by Grammy-nominated composer David Rakowski, Brandeis University faculty member
April 27-May 7, 2006
Outdoors/Laurie Theater
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When cultural conservatism meets the inevitability of change, human affairs go out of control in this primal play from the ancient Greek theater. Adapted and directed by Eric Hill, this production of Euripides’ classic confrontation the between human and divine authority features original musical score by Brandeis Music Professor David Rakowski. Performed outdoors adjacent to the Spingold Center.

Presented in cooperation with the Classics and Music departments. Made possible through generous support from Ann '56 and Clive Cummis and the Poses Foundation.

Take a Second Look!
The Second Look Series at the Brandeis Theater Company is designed to bring you closer to one or more aspects of the play. There are several Second Look events happening with our production of The Bacchae, which is being produced in cooperation with the Brandeis University Classics Department.

Monday, May 1
One-Day Symposium
Bacchus Comes to Brandeis: Euripides and Athenian Tragedy

Event I: Monday, May 1, 2006, 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
The Classical Studies Colloquium Series
Eric H. Hill, the Barbara '54 and Malcolm L. Sherman Chair, Department of Theater Arts
Brandeis University
Dionysus' Body: In Search of the God on Stage
Location: Levine-Ross 1/2, Hassenfeld Conference Center

Event II: Monday, May 1, 2006, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Jennifer Eastman Lecture Series
Mary Ebbott, Assistant Professor of Classics
The College of the Holy Cross
'How Do I Look?': Dynamics of Performance in Euripides' Bacchae
Location: Levine-Ross 1/2, Hassenfeld Conference Center

Event III: Monday, May 1, 2006, 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
The Classical Studies Colloquium Series
Round Table on Performing The Bacchae
Round Table: Professors Eric H. Hill (Director), Adrianne Krstansky (Agave), Susan Dibble (Chorus Leader),
and the Cast of The Bacchae, including Lindsey McWhorter (Dionysus), Aaron Costa-Ganis and Robert Serrell (both playing Pentheus)
Moderators: Leonard C. Muellner, Professor of Classical Studies, and Tom King, Associate Professor of English and American Literature
Location: Levine-Ross 1/2, Hassenfeld Conference Center

Event IV: Monday, May 1, 2006, 8:15 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
A Brandeis Department of Theater Arts Production, in cooperation with the Departments of Classical Studies and of Music
Funded by Ann '56 and Clive Cummis and by the Poses Foundation
Symposium Day Production of Euripides' The Bacchae
Directed by Eric H. Hill, Sherman Chair of the Department of Theater Arts
Translated from the Ancient Greek by Professor Leonard Muellner and the Fall Term 2005 students of GRK 115b
Adapted for the Stage by Eric H. Hill, Sherman Chair of the Department of Theater Arts
Original Music by David Rakowski, Brandeis Professor of Composition
Location: al fresco, the Spingold Theater grounds

Performance Location

Weather-permitting, performances of The Bacchae will be held outdoors in a newly created performance space adjacent to the front of the Spingold Theater Center. We have made every effort to provide comfortable seating for you, which will be individual plastic seats, set-up bleacher style. In the event of inclement weather, performances will be held in the Laurie Theater.

Tickets indicate your reserved seat location for the Laurie Theater. Since the outside seating configuration is somewhat different from the Laurie’s, outdoor seating will be done as general admission by section rather than by specific row and seat number. For example, if you purchase tickets for Laurie Center C 11 & 12, you would simply choose two outdoor seats you prefer in the center section when you arrive at the performance. The first six rows of the center section will be held as priority seating for season subscribers.

We anticipate high attendance for our performances of The Bacchae. So, when selecting your outdoor seats we request that you please not skip seats and that the front row seats be left available for our handicapped patrons or those who may want to avoid the stairs.

Outdoor temperatures may be cool, so please dress appropriately for the conditions. Sweaters and jackets are recommended and blankets and seat cushions are welcome. For our matinee performances, sunscreen, sunglasses and/or caps with visors are suggested. The show is scheduled to run about 60 minutes without an intermission. 

We make decisions regarding performance location within two hours of each performance (by 6:00 pm for 8:00 pm performances; noon for 2:00 pm matinees.) To check the status of a performance location, please feel free to call us at 781-736-3395.


Eric Hill
Leonard Muellner
David Rakowski
Lydian String Quartet

The 2005-06 Brandeis Theater Company season is made possible through generous support from the Laurie Foundation.