Last night, JoAnne Akalaitis’ Public Theatre production of The Bacchae, starring Tony nominee Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening, Hair) as Dionysus, Anthony Mackie (The Good Negro) as Pentheus and Tony nominee André De Shields (Archbishop Supreme Taruffe) as Teiresias, opened at the Delacorte Theatre, on a hot summer starlit night in Central Park.
Akalaitis tapped Oscar nominee Philip Glass to create an original choral score for Nicholas Ruddall’s adaptation of Euripides’ work, which “re-imagines the classic story about what happens when a government attempts to outlaw desire.”
The cast also features George Bartenieff as Cadmus, Karen Kandel as the Chorus Leader, Joan MacIntosh as Agave, Steven Rishard as the Cowherd and Rocco Sisto as the Messenger.
The Bacchae chorus members include April Armstrong, Sullivan Corey and Tara Hugo, who join Marisa Echeverria, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Jennifer Ikeda, Jennifer Nikki Kidwell, Alexa Kryzaniwsky, Vella Lovell, Nana Mensah, Ereni Sevasti, Elena Shaddow and Han Tang.
The Bacchae has scenic design by John Conklin, costumes by Kaye Voyce and lighting by Jennifer Tipton.
Performances for The Bacchae are Tuesday-Sunday at 8 PM, through August 30. Tickets are free and are available on the day of the performance (two per person) at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park beginning at 1pm.
Enter Central Park at 81st St. and Central Park West, and follow the path to the Delacorte.
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