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College performs new take on classic play

MADELEINE CIOCCI '20 plays Agave in Chuck Mee’s “The Bacchae 2.1,” which will be performed Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at the Mahaney Arts Center in Middlebury.

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College Department of Theatre and Dance will present Chuck Mee’s “The Bacchae 2.1,” directed by Michole Biancosino. The production will feature music by Brooklyn Raga Massive’s Neel Murgai and Ronnie Romano ’20, as well as a unique Video and Projection design by Visiting Artist, Shawn Boyle.
In this remaking of a classic Greek play, Dionysus (son of the god Zeus and the mortal woman Semele) comes to Thebes where the city’s ruler, Pentheus, refuses to acknowledge him as a god. In this poetic quilt-like piece, composed in the way that Max Ernst made his Fatagaga pieces at the end of World War I, Mee draws from many sources to create a modern adaptation of striking images of obscenity, violence and beauty.
“The Bacchae 2.1” will be performed on Thursday, Oct. 31, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., in Seeler Studio Theatre at the Mahaney Arts Center. A lively post-show talk-back and discussion will follow the Friday evening performance. The performance runs approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.
Tickets are $15 for the general public; $12 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti and other ID card holders; and $6 for Middlebury College students. For tickets or information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or visit go.middlebury.edu/arts. The Mahaney Arts Center is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury. Free parking.

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