This spring, Entropy Theatre brings you BAKKHAI by Euripides, a new translation by
Anne Carson. BAKKHAI will be playing at Chelsea Theatre Works on May
1-3 and May 8-9, as part of a new Artists' Residency. Help us feed the great God Dionysus by donating to our Indiegogo campaign.
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Saturday, January 25, 2020, 1 PM - 5 PM
Sunday, January 26, 2020, 1 PM - 5 PM
Chelsea Theatre Works
189 Winnisimmet Street
Chelsea, MA 02150
CTW is near bus stops for the 111 line. If you’re traveling from Boston, take the 111 bus from Haymarket (it’s approximately the third stop). Metered street parking is also available in the surrounding area.
Auditions will be held on the second floor and are accessible via stairs or elevator. Should you require any accommodations, please let us know.
Auditions will be held in 5 minute slots, followed by a 15 minute movement call. Please prepare a dramatic monologue of no more than two minutes in length and be prepared for cold readings from the script. See below for character descriptions. Please also be prepared to attend a 15 minute movement call at the end of the hour for which you are auditioning (i.e. 1:45 PM, 2:45 PM, 3:45 PM, or 4:45 PM). You are welcome and encouraged to wear movement-friendly attire to both your audition appointment and movement call.
We are seeking non-union actors. Actors will be paid a $150 stipend at the end of the run.
This production may or may not include onstage nudity. Nudity will only be explored as a part of this production with consent from the performer, and with assistance from the Movement and Intimacy Director. While casting is in no way contingent on an actor’s answer, actors will be asked to briefly describe their comfort level with onstage nudity when signing up for an audition appointment.
For these auditions, no nudity or any form of sexual contact will be required as part of an actor’s audition. We will not ask prospective participants to perform violence or sexual contact as part of an audition without disclosing this expectation in the audition notice or invitation. We seek to foster an environment of communication, safety, respect, accountability, and the health, safety, and well-being of institutions and its participants.
Actors of color are strongly encouraged to audition, and all roles are open to inclusive casting unless otherwise specified. Auditions/interviews shall be conducted in a manner that promotes fair consideration to persons of all races, ethnicities, national origins, genders, sexual orientations, ages, and ability statuses.
Anne Carson writes, “Euripides was a playwright of the fifth century BC who reinvented Greek tragedy, setting it on a path that leads straight to reality TV. His plays broke all the rules, upended convention and outraged conservative critics. The Bakkhai is his most subversive play, telling the story of a man who cannot admit he would rather live in the skin of a woman, and a god who seems to combine all sexualities into a single ruinous demand for adoration. Dionysos is the god of intoxication. Once you fall under his influence, there is no telling where you will end up.”
BAKKHAI tells the tragedy of Pentheus, King of Thebes, and his mother, Agave, at the hands of Dionysos, god of wine, fertility, theatre, and ecstasy, along with the help of his ritualistic followers, the Bakkhai. Dionysos has come to Thebes to address allegations levied by Agave and her sisters that he is not a son of Zeus. When he discovers Pentheus has banned his worship and existence, Dionysos sets into motion a plan to make sure Thebes never again denies his divinity.
This production is being presented as part of the Chelsea Theatre Works Resident Artist Program.
Rehearsals will start on March 15, 2020 and typically take place Sunday afternoons, and Monday and Wednesday evenings at Chelsea Theatre Works.
Tech begins Monday, April 27, 2020 and opens Friday, May 1, 2020. It runs for two weekends (Friday/Saturday evenings, as well as matinees on Saturday, May 9, 2020 and Sunday, May 3, 2020).
The show will be presented in the Black Box Theatre at Chelsea Theatre Works in Chelsea, MA.
He/Him/His. 20s-30s. Any Ethnicity.
King of Thebes. Represses revelry and subversion in the name of law and order. A young tyrant keen on proving his masculinity and power. Denies the Dionysian powers of ecstacy, liberation, and transcendence, until he is destroyed by them. A rigid foil to the fluid Dionysos. Equates femininity with weakness and thus represses his own feminine impulses. Afraid of foreigners.
He/Him/His. 20s-50s. Any Ethnicity.
The wise former ruler of Thebes (Pentheus’ grandfather)/An obedient soldier/A bewildered messenger that recounts violent acts committed by the Bakkhai. Kadmos is the only member of his family that accepts Dionysos’ divinity and chastises his grandson for not doing so. A sage elder comfortable with cutting loose for a god. Grieves the tragic fate of his family.
She/Her/Hers. 30s - 50s. Any Ethnicity.
Mother of Pentheus and daughter of Kadmos. Before the start of the play, she and her sisters have denied Dionysos’ divinity and have consequently been turned into his followers, engaging in orgiastic rituals in the forests of Mount Cithaeron. Unknowingly murders her son, Pentheus, in a Bakkhic trance, thinking him to be a wild lion. She is immeasurably grief-stricken when the trance dissipates.
Any/all pronouns. 20s - 40s. Any Ethnicities.
The ritualistic followers of Dionysos devoted to ecstacy, liberation, sexual freedom, and revelry. Closely attuned to the natural world. Strong physicality and vocal strength. Capable of gruesome violence.
Entropy Theatre is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Entropy Theatre must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law
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