Baltimore Center Stage: Bakkhai
  • By Euripides
  • A New Version by Anne Carson
  • Directed by Mike Donahue

Dear BCS Community,

I’m writing to you from the armchair that has become my makeshift home office hoping that this email finds you well and healthy.

Tomorrow would have marked the first day of the first rehearsal of the final show of my first season here in Baltimore with Bakkhai. We don’t call them the ancient Greeks for nothing—for over two thousand years their stories and lessons have endured, entertaining and teaching us about ourselves and our society. Oh, how I wish I could share this production with you right now.

As you’ve become so familiar with these emails, I’ll fast forward through more preamble to simply say we cannot in good conscience begin rehearsals for Bakkhai tomorrow, or for however long tomorrow lasts. However, I remain utterly committed to sharing with you the story Euripides wrote, which Anne Carson adapted, under the directorial eye of Mike Donahue, with original music by Diana Oh and choreography by Baltimore’s own Ailey alum, Willia Noel Montague.  Therefore, we have decided to postpone Bakkhai and are humbled to announce that this incredible company of artists has agreed to open Baltimore Center Stage’s 2021/22 Season in September 2021. It feels right to keep our commitment to each person involved with this production, and it also feels right to keep our commitment to the productions we’ve already planned for our 20/21 Season (which you’ll be hearing about very shortly).

For those of you who already hold tickets to Bakkhai, we ask that you consider donating the value of your ticket(s) back to BCS, or consider having the Box Office defer the value of your ticket(s) toward a 2020/21 season membership.

I’m already looking forward to sharing parts of what we’ve already cooked up for Bakkhai throughout next season. And in the meantime, they say good things come to those who wait, and so we shall.

I’ll see you soon.



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This is not your English teacher’s Greek tragedy. Dionysus is totally over your drama, and he’s going to incite the women of the land to raise some hell in the greatest party in recorded history. Closing the season with a political exclamation point from the birthplace of Democracy, Bakkhai hits the Mainstage at the same moment our nation surges into its primary elections.

​CONTENT ADVISORY: Baltimore Center Stage recognizes each family's need to make informed decisions about what show is appropriate for their young people. We do not presume that every show is well-suited for every young person, and it is in that spirit we share the following content considerations. This play contains sex, consumption of alcoholic beverages, and violence.

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