Tanghalang Ateneo stages ‘Ang Bakkhai (The Bacchae)’
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 03:12 AM September 14, 2013
Tanghalang Ateneo stages “Ang Bakkhai (The Bacchae)” by Euripides on September 12-14, and 18–21 at the Black Box, Fine Arts Annex, Ateneo de Manila University. The Filipino adaptation is by Guelan Luarca.
This version of the classic Greek drama will see the play from the perspective of young people, and the need for balance between control and freedom in one’s personal and social lives.
“Ang Bakkhai” tells a story of divine revenge against mortals. The Greek god Dionysus, son of Zeus, returns to Thebes after a three-year absence to punish its officials for maltreating his mother and denying him proper worship. Dionysius disguises himself as a stranger and brings along a band of bacchants, freedom-loving women, who help Dionysius lure the crafty Theban king to his end.
Directing the play is JK Anicoche of Sipat Lawin Ensemble, along with first-time assistant director Jay Caluag and production designer Leeroy New.