Dionysus in America
by Thinkery& Verse
Oct. 10 - Oct. 20, 2019
In an American dystopia, women suffer endless harassment, and right-wing politics wrench away women's control over their own bodies; in response, American women heed the call of Dionysus, and flee to new, strange, euphoric rites in Iraq, the cradle of civilization. General Pentheus, leader of the American war machine, swears to go to the Middle East, liberate the women, and drag them back to the United States. Unfortunately, he operates unaware that his uncle, a transformed and unrecognizable Dionysus, God of ritual madness, has decided to punish America's hubris for rejecting his mother, his divinity, and his seemingly inexplicable rites of devotion.
After developing the play through a grant with Aquila Theater, the most prolific classical touring company in America, Thinkery & Verse works with first-time playwright and combat veteran Jenny Pacanowksi to offer a fast-paced, thrilling re-imagining of Euripides' The Bacchae, as translated by Paul Woodruff, a Distinguished Teaching Professor of classics and philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. Performances will be at The Vortex.
Christina T Romero
John Meyer, Co-Director, Dramaturg
Karen Alvarado, Co-Director, Choreographer
Heather Ross, Stage Manager
Ashley Basile, Scenic Designer
Sean Ullmer, Music Designer and Composer
Patrick W Anthony, Lighting Designer
Jenny Pacanowski, Writer, Production Assistant
Alli Zadrozny, Graphic Design
Costumes by Shakespeare at Winedale
Thank you to Celia Hughes, Melissa Vogt, James Burnside, Bart Pitchford, Maureen Benschoter, Maxine Lain and James Loehlin
October 10 - October 20, 2019
2307 Manor Road
Austin, TX, 78722
October 10 - October 20, 2019, 8 pm
dark on Monday and Tuesday
The Eloise Brooks Cullum Stage @ The VORTEX
2307 Manor Rd. Austin, TX 78722
Free Parking. Bus Route.
The Butterfly Bar @ The VORTEX opens nightly at 5pm with full bar, hand-crafted cocktails, and
Patrizi’s @ The VORTEX opens nightly at 5pm with delicious homemade Italian food.
$35 Priority Seating
$25 General Admission
Advanced Reservations Recommended. Limited seating.
www.vortexrep.org or 512-478-5282
Blue Star Theatre: Discounts for Military, Veterans, and their families.
Radical Rush Free Tickets: Limited free tickets for each performance in the spirit of sustainability,
accessibility, and the gift economy. Radical Rush tickets released at 7pm each night-in-person only