bacchae_webThe Bacchae by Euripides at the Getty Villa - SOLD OUT

Please join us for this special performance at the famous Getty Villa. The Bacchae is perhaps the most popular of Euripides’ surviving plays. Not recommended for children under 12 years. This event is sold out! Thanks for a great response.

Thursday, September 20, 2018 @ 8:00 PM (Running time is approximately 90 min. with no intermission)
The Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272


The Bacchae is perhaps the most popular of Euripides’ surviving plays. Directed by Anne Bogart and performed by actors of the SITI company of New York, the performance is full of striking dialogue, frenzied action, and choral songs of great power and beauty. Dionysus is the Greek god of wine, intoxication, ritual madness, and theater. He arrives incognito and in disguise in his birthplace Thebes, to convince the locals on the nature of his true divinity. The play revolves around the confrontation between Dionysus, the smiling, mysterious, soft-spoken and seemingly effeminate god, and Pentheus, the angry, impulsive and inflexible king of Thebes, who is ignorant of himself and his own nature. Dionysus’ cult starts to grow rapidly, and women start engaging in secret rituals involving wine, ecstasy and ritual madness. This prompts Pentheus to imprison Dionysus, but this attempt to control the god results in tragic consequences for Pentheus and his entire family.

This event is sold out. Thanks for a great response!

Cost: $36, members; $40, non-members (Parking is $10 per car paid at entrance)
Contact: Susana de Sola Funsten, ’76, or 323-719-3849

Dining options: Unfortunately, we are not allowed to bring our own food or drink. Nevertheless, those who want a bite to eat before the play, will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the café overlooking the Fleischman (outdoor) amphitheater. There are several options: order food from the concessions to the “Nectar of the Gods Sunset Celebration,” to a “Three-Course Prix Fixe Dinner in the Founders Room." You can view the menus, prices, and make reservations through:

Refund Policy: Please note that we are unable to provide refunds on registrations for this event.


8:00PM - 9:30PM Thu 20 Sep 2018, Pacific timezone


The Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

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