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Philly Fringe Goes Greek

Posted August 26th, 2011

The Bacchae by Euripedes FlyerPhilly Fringe 2011 revisits the origin of timeless tragedies: Greek theater. A toga isn’t required . . . but it might be fun.

A new adaptation of The Bacchae returns audiences to the roots of classic tragedy. Greece’s own Lili Bita stars, providing an adventurous evening for the audience as violence, orgy, and incarnation unfold. The Bacchae runs at the Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street, at 8:00 pm, $15.

The Eros Trilogy presents several plays which examine the intricacies of human intimacy (or lack thereof). All four characters experience sexual awakenings and fears, creating an emotionally charged performance. The Eros Trilogy runs mid-Fringe at the Skinner Studio at Plays and Players, 1714 Delancey Place, $15.

The Greek Theater Project focuses on Greek heroines. The tales of Cassandra, Atalanta, Psyche, and Pandora are remixed by a collaboration of artists using text, film, visual art, original music, and choreography. The Greek Theater Project runs at Broad Street Ministry, 315 South Broad Street, $10.

Eurydice in Market East FlyerEurydice In Market East is another retelling you don’t want to miss: comprised of music and dance, Eurydice takes the stage to contemplate exactly how she managed to die . . . twice. Eurydice in Market East runs at AUX, the Vox Populi performance venue, 319 North 11th Street, $10.

The Oresteia Project is a trilogy of a royal family’s demise. Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, and The Furies will each be performed separately, and then a performance of the trilogy in its entirety will close out the run. The Oresteia Project runs at Broad Street Ministry, 315 South Broad Street, $10.

–Christina Snyder

The Bacchae photo by Kimon Rethis.
Eurydice in Market East photo by Aras Azuolas.