The Classical Theatre of Harlem's free outdoor production of The Bacchae kicks off this weekend

Updated: Mar 17


The Classical Theatre of Harlem returns to Marcus Garvey Park this month with a free outdoor production of Euripides' Greek tragedy "The Bacchae."

In this modern retelling, Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and ecstasy, is a pleasure-seeking rock star (think Lenny Kravitz) who returns to his hometown to challenge its law-and-order king, Pentheus, who has banned Dionysian worship. The play explores how the public blindly picks sides–both extreme–leading to tragic consequences.

In keeping with the mission of CTH, the story is told through the lens of the African-American experience. As in the past, dance will mix with the drama; this year the moves will be choreographed and performed by members of Elisa Monte Dance.

Previews run July 7 and July 9-10 (all are welcome). The play then opens Thursday, July 11 and runs through July 28 (Tuesdays through Sundays), so check the weather and make your plans. No reservations needed.

Photo: Richard Termine

Photo: Jill Jones

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