The Bacchae

October 3-7, 2018

By Euripides

Translation by Aaron Poochigian

Directed by Anne Bogart

Created and performed by SITI Company

Co-presented by the Onassis Cultural Center New York and the BAM, part of the BAM 2018 Next Wave Festival


One of Euripides’ greatest surviving works thrashes to new life in the hands of Anne Bogart and the renowned SITI Company. In this cautionary parable of hubris and fear of the unknown, chaos erupts when the balance of civilization swings towards tyranny.

Livid at King Pentheus’ attempts to punish and contain the cult-like revelry of the Bacchants, Dionysus—god of wine, ritual madness, fertility, and theater, portrayed here as a woman—exacts brutal retribution on the monarch’s entire family. In a bold new translation by Aaron Poochigian, The Bacchae explodes with choral beauty, emotional frenzy, and shattering loss, finding relevance more than 2,000 years later.


Set and lighting design by Brian H Scott

Costume design by Eleni Kyriacou

Sound design by Darron L West

Composed by Erik Sanko

This adaptation was commissioned by The J. Paul Getty Museum and first performed at the Getty Villa on September 5, 2018.


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