Feb. 27-March 3: Theatre to Present 'The Bacchae'

Event Details


Date: February 26 - March 2, 2013

Times: Feb. 27-March 2, 7:30 p.m. | March 3, 2:30 p.m.

Location: Edith Mortenson Theatre

Ticket Info: Adults, $15 | Senior Citizens, $10 | Students with valid ID, Free

The Augustana Department of Performing and Visual Arts presents "The Bacchae," an ancient Greek tragedy by the Athenian playwright Euripides, directed by Jayna Fitzsimmons, instructor of Theatre.

Held in the Edith Mortenson Theatre, showtimes are:

  • 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27
  • 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 1
  • 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2
  • 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 3

The Bacchae(\ˈba,kī\) in 60 seconds …

Dionysus, the god of wine, fertility, and revelry, arrives in Thebes to avenge his mother Semele, a mortal who, to make a long story short, was shunned by her family for becoming pregnant with Dionysus, and after his birth, was killed by Zeus’ thunderbolt.

Dionysus has heard rumblings that many in Thebes are questioning whether or not he should be revered as a god.

Dionysus places a sort of hypnotic spell on the Theban women, drawing them away from their homes and families. Because Dionysus is also known as Bacchus, the women are known as The Bacchae, and they live as a group on the hillside, honoring Dionysus and communing with nature. The Bacchae, however, are fierce hunters, and so all attempts to bring the women home prove fruitless.

Pentheus, the King of Thebes, outlaws all Dionysian worship and revelry. He is outraged that the women have abandoned the city — even his own mother, Agave, is among The Bacchae. Despite warnings from the prophet, Teiresias, Pentheus orders all followers of Dionysus to be captured and imprisoned.

Dionysus follows through with plans to get rid of Pentheus.

Cast members are:

  • Liz Yackel-Juleen '12, Windom, Minn.
  • Josh Thies '13, Sioux Falls
  • Evan Livermore '13, Pierre, S.D.
  • Gentry Pletts '13, Chanhassen, Minn.
  • Bryan Okerlund '13, Sauk Centre, Minn.
  • Zack Truelson '13, Sioux Falls
  • Megan McDonald '13, Sioux Falls
  • Katelynn Kenney '14, Box Elder, S.D.
  • Mariya Swella '14, Yucca Valley, Calif.
  • Christina Olson '14, Cottonwood, Minn.
  • Ryan Marks '14, Estherville, Iowa
  • Matt Stoffel '15, Sherburn, Minn.
  • Ben Kraft '15 Mobridge, S.D.
  • Jeff Larsen '16, Sioux Falls
  • Megan Minatra '16, Waverly, S.D.
  • Ian Curtis '16, Sioux City, Iowa

The Bacchae contains some adult language, alcohol references, and blood and gore. Mature audiences only. The performance on Thursday, Feb. 28, will be interpreted for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.

Tickets may be purchased through the Augustana Box Office either online or in person at the Morrison Commons.