Genre: Classical, Comedy, Drama
Written by Euripides, Directed by Robert Ribar

"To err is human, to punish is divine..."

When the young king of Thebes outlaws the worship of his cousin, the half-human god Dionysus, the deity returns to Earth to extract revenge on the family that has shunned him. Severed heads and cross-dressing kings populate this mysterious masterwork from 405 BC.

The Queens Players in association with Femme Fatale Theater present Euripides’ timeless tragedy The Bacchaein a production dripping with a sense of foreboding dark comedy this March 28th through April 13th at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City, Queens. Femme Fatale Theater Co-Founder Robert Ribar directs a cast lead by Peter Oliver ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit") as the seductive god Dionysus and Michael Axelrod (The Flea’s Restoration Comedy) as the doomed king Pentheus in a production that features an all-male chorus and original ambient music employing viola, clarinet and chanting.

The Bacchae features Harlan J. Alford, Michael Axelrod, William Barnet, Stan Buturla, John Graham, John C. Hume, Alexander Kveton, Blake Merriman, Melinda Nichols, Peter Oliver, Stacy Salvette and LatticeWorks Dance Collective, who also contribute choreography.   

The production features scenic and lighting design is by Jonathan Cottle (The Flea's Job, Bushwick Starr's The House of Von Macrame), costumes by Naomi Raddatz (Half Straddle's Seagull [Thinking of You]), original music by Ryan Marino (who records as ambient artist Remnants) and projections designed by Daniel Destefano (AMC's "Story Notes"). The production stage manager is Jasmin SanchezThe Bacchae is produced for Femme Fatale Theater by Stephen Gribbin.

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Open:   03/28/13
Close:   04/13/13

Friday 3/29 at 8pm, Saturday 3/30 at 8pm, Thursday 4/4 at 8pm, Friday 4/5 at 8pm, Saturday 4/6 at 8pm, Sunday 4/7 at 3pm, Wednesday 4/10 at 8pm, Thursday 4/11 at 8pm, Friday 4/12 at 8pm, Saturday 4/13 at 2pm
Theater:   The Secret Theatre
Address:   44-02 23rd St
Long Island City, NY 11101
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