This clip is a conversation between Pentheus (Josh Meyer) and Dionysus (Thomas Graves) from Dionysus in 69 -- a re-enactment by Rude Mechs (with express permission from Richard Schechner) of The Performance Group's legendary 1968 adaptation of The Bacchae as staged by Richard Schechner and filmed by Brian De Palma, and launching Rude Mechs' new Contemporary Classics Series.
Performed December 3 - 20 , 2009 at The Off Center
Co-directed by: Madge Darlington and Shawn Sides
Technical Director: Thomas Graves
Featuring: Heather Barfield, Elizabeth Doss, Thomas Graves, Jude Hickey, Matt Hislope, Jodi Jinks,
Hannah Kenah, Josh Meyer, Aron Taylor, Katie Van Winkle
Filmed/Edited by: Lowell Bartholomee
ABOUT OUR CONTEMPORARY CLASSICS SERIES
Dionysus in 69 is the first in a series of Rude Mechs re-enactments of significant, experimental performances from the 60's, 70's, and 80's that radically influenced the work of contemporary performance artists, dancers, and theatre makers. Because all performances are ephemeral, and avant-garde performances even more so, most people never experience these germinal works. As we succeed in garnering financial support for the Contemporary Classics Series, Rude Mechs will remount these productions as closely as possible to the originals.
"Top 9 Most Memorable Locally Produced Live Performance Offerings That I Chanced to See in 2009" - Austin Chronicle
"Top 9 Theatre Productions of 2009 That Did Ascend the Brightest Heaven of Invention " - Austin Chronicle
"This 2009 ‘Dionysus in ‘69’ is a keen, spirited, brilliantly acted paean to experimental theater past, present and future." – Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, Austin American-Statesman
"For all its latter-day busting of theatrical convention, Dionysus in 69 always returns to good old-fashioned narrative, to that ancient story of order pitted against chaos, mind against body, man against god. The Rudes play to that, and their commitment also allows us to feel their characters' pride and yearning and horror. Ultimately, their re-creation invites us to experience this story in a rare and personal way, stepping outside ourselves and into the skins of the bacchantes. "Come to the mountain," the actors say as the show opens. "Let the dance begin." – Robert Faires, The Austin Chronicle
"...the Rude Mechs’ environmental staging is absolutely revelatory..." – Thomas Jenkins, San Antonio Current
Richard Schechner came to Austin to view Rude Mechs' re-enactment of Dionysus in 69. This is a short excerpt from the top of the post-show question and answer session with the audience, moderated by performer Hannah Kenah.