TTU theater students stage variation on classic Greek drama

Posted by Lori Shull - Tuesday, April 24 2012
lshull@tntech.edu

 

Tennessee Tech University theater students are moving a classic Greek drama to an industrial city park full of raves and boisterous parties.

“Raving Revenge,” will go up at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, in TTU’s Backdoor Playhouse. A variation on Euripedes’ “The Bacchae,” plays on themes of order against chaos.

The show is free and open to the public.

In Euripedes’ play, Zeus has an affair with Semele, who then gets pregnant. His jealous wife tells Zeus that Semele wants to see him in his natural form, which is lightening. The lightening bolt kills Semele, but Zeus saves the child, Dionysus. Years later, the child returns to Thebes to save his mother’s reputation. The play begins with his return to the city.

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