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CANCELED: 39th Annual Classical Greek Theatre Festival presents “The Bakkhai” at BYU Sept. 21

Ticket holders can receive refund at Fine Arts Ticket Office

As part of the 39th Annual Classical Greek Theatre Festival, students from the University of Utah will be performing Euripides’ “The Bakkhai” at Brigham Young University’s de Jong Concert Hall Monday, Sept. 21 at 5 p.m.

Tickets range from $8 to $11 and can be purchased at the Fine Arts Ticket Office or at There will also be a free preperformance lecture starting at 4 p.m.

Considered the most horrific, powerful and theatrical of all Greek tragedies, “The Bakkhai” is the most controversial and debated Euripidean tragedy. It tells the story of Dionysus, the god of wine, music, dance, theatre and ecstasy, and a chorus of instigators who proclaim his greatness and his gifts. In opposition stands the young Pentheus, a tyrant who rejects Dionysus and all he stands for.

This production of Euripides’ mysterious tragedy is a combination of the ancient and the modern. Under the direction of Larry West, with translation by Robert Bagg and original music by Joe Payne, the play depicts Dionysus as a superstar and the chorus as crazed fans. This touring production features students from the University of Utah Actor Training Program and faculty members as director and designers.

For additional information please contact Jim Svendsen at or (801)581-4607.

Production photos are available at

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