The Bacchae

The Soldiers & Sailors Monument in Riverside Park
West 89th and Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10024
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WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

In Euripedes' The Bacchae Pentheus, the new ruler of Thebes, blasphemes himself against Dionysus, the god of wine, ecstasy and theatre. In order to exact his revenge, Dionysus sends the women of Thebes to revel in orgies on the mountains. The result is a bloody struggle for power and respect that is played out vibrantly and entertainingly, proving this tragedy of the Greek stage still relevant to a contemporary audience. Performances are held at the North Patio of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in Riverside Park at 89th and Riverside drive.