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This edition: The Bacchae

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The city of Thebes is torn apart by the conflicting demands of reason and religion, as the god Dionysus returns to his hometown to demand its worship. Opposing him is the young king Pentheus, who is doomed to suffer the ultimate punishment for his disbelief. Different productions of the play show its endless adaptability. Featured speakers include world-renowned playwright and author Wole Soyinka, actor Alan Cumming, and Daniel Mendelsohn of Bard College.

Guest List

Alan Cumming Actor

Daniel Mendelsohn Critic, Bard College

Wole Soyinka Author

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