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The Bacchae Feb 27, 1959

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 THE FREDERIC WOOD THEATRE
Euripides lived from 485 to 406 (B.C.), the "Bacchae" was written at
the close of his life, when he was living in exile in Macedonia, having
been driven out of his native Athens for his radical views.
"Unlike most Greek tragedies the "Bacchae" is a play about an historical
event - the introduction into Hellas of a new religion. When Eurip
wrote, the event lay in the far past, and the memory of it survived only in
mystical form; the new religion had long since been acclimatized and accepted as part of Greek life. But it still stood as the expression of a
religious attitude different from anything implied in the cult of the traditional Olympian gods; and the forces liberated and embodied by the original movement were active in other forms in the Athens of Euripides' d
It is plain that these forces are still active in the world of today, an
indeed a part of human nature.    For this reason this is one of the most
modern of all the Greek tragedies, and until recently has been one of the
most puzzling.    This production owes much to a recent book, "Euripides
and Dionysus" by RP. « inningion-Ingram.
This version has been specially arranged to assist a modern audience to
bridge a gap of over 2300 years. Whereas the original version was enacted
in the open air in a theatre of thousands, this has been shaped to an intimate theatre that uses modern resources of light and sound. For the
same reason we have deliberately avoided using the original Greek decor.
Our scenery and costumes are of no particular period or place, but mereh
expressive of the drama itself. We would like the spectator to feel that
this play was written yesterday, and that to all intents this is its. first
production.
THE   UNIVERSITY  OF   BRITISH  COLUMBIA THE
BACCHAE
by Euripides
In a new version speciallv arranged for this production
THIS PRODUCTION IS HUMBLY DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF THE LATE
DR. GARNETT SEDGEWICK WHO REPEATEDLY URGED THE UNIVERSITY TO
PRESENT "THE BACCHAE".
CAST
{in order of appearance)
DIONYSUS Richard Irwin
CHORUS of Bacchanal Women Mary Coke
Maxine Gadd
Shawn Harold
Shirley Latter
Margaret Mallough
Vicky Sampson
Mary Ann Stephea
TEIRESIAS (an old priest) John White
ATTENDANT (messenger) David Allan
CADMUS (founder of Thebes) Guy Palmer
PENTHFUS (grandson of Cadmus, now king of Thebes) . . Ion Berger
FIRST GUARD Campbell Lane
SECOND GUARD Brian Hurst
HFRDSMAN Ed Hanson
AGAUE Milla Andrew
BONGO DKUMMKR
Felix Assoon
The action takes place before the palace of Pentheus in Thebes
CHORAL DANCES prepared under the direction of Helen Goodwin
MASKS by Marian Travers
ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR Joyce Sobell
DESIGN Robert Orchard
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR AND STAGE MANAGER .... Sidney Bennett
COSTUMES Jessie Richardson
Berna Chappell
MAKE-UP Myra Kelsey
TECHNICAL ASSISTANTS Robert Dubberley
June Gillespie
USHERS Bianca Barnes
PRODUCTION Dorothy Somerset
Jessie Richardson
Wigs, properties and sound by members of the Frederic Wood Theatre Committee under the chairmanship of Alice Fraser
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
The Frederic Wood Theatre wishes to express its warm appreciation to all
those who have generously assisted with the production of "The Bacchae"
including:
The University of Washington
The Vancouver Little Theatre
The Department of University Extension
The Purchasing Department
The Department of Buildings and Grounds
The Vancouver Sun
The Vancouver Province

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