The Greek God Dionysus demanded ecstatic revels of his worshippers, and Faux-Real’s Bacchae won’t let him down. Filled with music, dancing, masks and breaches of nearly every description, Faux-Real’s avant-garde spectacle, is, in effect, a very loyal rendition of the 5th century BC tragedy by Euripides. A feast for the senses, “The Bacchae” is raucous and metaphysical, challenging and celebratory… a communal party that ends with the ruler of Thebes getting really shredded.
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. Performances at La MaMa, 74A East 4thStreet, are from Thursday March 3 at 7:30pm through Sunday March 20 at 2pm, with an opening scheduled for Sunday March 6 at 2pm.
In “The Bacchae,” the celebrated, gender-bending and mercurial party god Dionysus 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?) some will recognize the earliest glimmers of liberation theology… others may smell the first whiff of religious fundamentalism, and the end of the party. What, the party’s over????
Founded in 1994, Faux-Real has distinguished itself by staging immersive, boundary-breaking shows in a variety of unlikely, yet highly accessible theatres and locations. Its visceral approach to Greek theatre is fueled by the knowledge that 2400 years ago these plays were performed in competitions, and had to be highly entertaining as well as enlightening in order to win. In Faux-Real shows performers and audiences join forces to embark on a sensory roller-coaster ride that pushes beyond the boundaries of the rational mind.
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 Performances in the First Floor Theatre (a total of 12) 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.