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FAUX-REAL’S “THE BACCHAE” EXPLODES AT LA MAMA MARCH 3 TO 20
Mar 3, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
New York’s avant-garde Faux-Real Theatre, which specializes in staging the classics of Greek theatre with an immersive abandon that closely approximates how these plays were first experienced thousands of years ago, is pulling out the stops with Euripides’ “The Bacchae.” Returning to the internationally celebrated La MaMa, incubator of modern theatre, Faux-Real juices “The Bacchae,” filling it to the brim with music, dancing, masks, and titillating gender and costume malfunctions galore.
In “The Bacchae,” Dionysus — celebrated, gender-bending and mercurial party god — cavorts with his ecstatic followers, the girl-group known as The Bacchae, only to be challenged by the villainous secularist Pentheus. Overflowing with worship of all kinds (drunken goat dances anyone?) we may ask, is this liberation theology in the best sense, or a warning against religious zealotry?
Directed by Faux-Real Artistic Director Mark Greenfield, “The Bacchae” features masks by Lynda White, musical direction by Tony Naumovski, and costumes by Irina Gets.
The show’s gender-fluid, multi-ethnic, and multi-generational cast of 19 includes: PJ Adzima, Andrew Bryce, Zora Iman Crews, Zelda Gaye, Jeremy X. Halpern, Joy Kelly, Isabelle Kenet, Isi Laborde, Jy Murphy, Tony Naumovski, Emma Orme, Madeline Adelle Phillips, Fiona Robberson, Aaron Scott, Dorian Shorts, Sarah Traisman, Henry Walker, Annie Sage Whitehurst, and Alexandra Zelman.
La MaMa, in association with The Faux-Real Theatre, presents “The Bacchae” by Euripides, beginning Thursday March 3 at 7:30pm, and running through Sunday March 20 at 2pm.
Performances (a total of 12) in the First Floor Theatre at La MaMa, 74A East 4th Street, are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are $18, $13 for students and seniors. (Running time is 75 minutes.) For tickets and information call 646/430-5374, or visit www.lamama.org. For more information visit www.fauxreal.org