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Euripides tragedy opens at St. Cloud State Nov. 18-23

Friday, November 7, 2008

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The St. Cloud State University Department of Theatre, Film Studies and Dance will continue its 2008-09 season with a presentation of Euripides’ tragic masterpiece, “The Bacchae,” Tuesday-Sunday, Nov. 18-23, in the Performing Arts Center on campus.

The new adaptation by Assistant Professor Jeffrey Bleam features aerial choreography by David DeBlieck of the Wicked Sister Dance Theatre.  Mingling Euripides’ words with Christian and Sapphic texts, the production probes the nature of religious ritual and symbology in a landscape of movement poised between earth and sky.

The women of Thebes have run wild into the mountains, cursed by Dionysus for not acknowledging His virgin birth.  Pursuing vengeance further, the God Himself enters the nearly-deserted Thebes to enact a deadly cat-and-mouse game with the city’s arrogant ruler.  Regarded as the most scandalous yet “modern” of the Greek playwrights, Euripides has created a compelling struggle between divine right and political power, pursuing it to unspeakably tragic ends.   The production is not recommended for young children.

Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 23.  Late seating will not be accommodated.  Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and non-St. Cloud State students, free for students, faculty and staff with a St. Cloud State ID.  For additional information and tickets call 320-308-4636 or visit www.scsutickets.com.

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