Power and Revenge: Two Actors Explore Euripides' The Bacchae

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On August 26th and 27th, as part of the Santa Fe Summer Shakespeare festival, Ironweed Productions journeyed to the roots of Western Drama and into the haunting, darkly comic, and provocative world of Euripides' masterful Greek tragedy, The Bacchae.

Artistic Director Scott Harrison and Dmetrius Conley-Williams explored the razor's edge struggle for power and vengeance between Pentheus, king of Thebes, and the Greek god Dionysus in a staged reading of a series of electrifying scenes from the play.

The event also featured steel pan drummer Alexis Corbin, bringing live drumming in the Phrygian scale of ancient Greece. Lighting design by Karyna Swing. The reading was directed in collaboration with Ariana Karp, Kent Kirkpatrick, and Tulah Dillman. 

The event also featured Greek treats and drink, including Greek wine, after each performance, courtesy of Suzanne Burstall-Cross.