The Bacchae

The Bacchae: A Tragedy in One Act (from Kneehigh Theatre)

Nov 04, 2022 to Nov 12, 2022
Carl Gross and Anna Murphy
Adapted by: 
Emma Rice
Directed by: 
Sarah Gazdowicz
David Thayer Theatre
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 - 8:00pm
Thursday, November 10, 2022 - 8:00pm
Friday, November 11, 2022 - 8:00pm
Saturday, November 12, 2022 - 8:00pm


This performance will use strong language, violence, theatrical haze, and strobe lights.

King Pentheus of Thebes rules with utmost order and control until the god Dionysus arrives and swiftly builds a following of wild and unrepressed revelers called the Bacchae. When Pentheus refuses to recognize Dionysus’s divinity and lineage, how long will a young, confident, and savage god show patience toward mortal arrogance? Kneehigh Theatre adapts Euripides’s Greek tragedy in this play with music about the reclamation of identity and the consequences of oppressive rule.

Special thanks to Hanh Kratz, Design Engineer in the CLAS Biology Engineering Shop.

Virtual Lobby

In advance of the performance, we'd like to invite you to visit our Virtual Lobby to learn more about the production and our team.


Role Name
Dionysus Isaac Addai
Pentheus Michael Taylor
Agave Victoria McFadden
Pam Kat Guerrero
Cadmus Monté Howell
Teiresias Colin Payan*
Corypheus Dajzané Meadows-Sanderlin
Teenage Bacchic Ensemble Katie Redden*
Grandma Bacchic Ensemble Holland Larned*
Menopausal Bacchic Ensemble Alice Conroy*
Sheep Bacchic Ensemble Jason Vernon*
Semele Bacchic Ensemble Genesis Jones*
Bacchic Ensemble Aneesa Housel*

Creative Team

Title Name
Director Sarah Gazdowicz
Composer Mark Bruckner
Scenic Designer Kaelen Novak
Lighting Designer Bryon Winn
Assistant Lighting Designer Nicole Blodig*
Costume Designer Alastair Sigala Ramirez
Makeup Designer Abigail Mansfield Coleman
Dramaturg Rob Ascher
Fight/Intimacy Choreographer Katherine Coyl
Stage Manager Elizabeth Sarsfield*
Assistant Stage Manager Mathew Kier*

*Undergraduate student. UI Theatre is dedicated to providing hands-on theatre experience for both undergraduate and graduate students.


Tickets are available through the Hancher Box Office website or by calling 319-335-1160. 

Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office at the Theatre Building one hour prior to the performance, on an as-available basis, unless the production is sold out.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Hancher Box Office in advance at 319-335-1158.

Review: Daily Iowan

Link to the Daily Iowan review of THE BACCHAE.

Production Photos

Dress Rehearsal of THE BACCHAE

Dress Rehearsal of THE BACCHAE

Dress Rehearsal of THE BACCHAE

Dress Rehearsal of THE BACCHAE