Tisch Drama Stage: All Department Festival

Poster of Tisch Drama's All Department Festival


All Department Festival

November 18–21, 2021

Curated by Meisner Studio Director Nathan Flower 

The All Department Festival brings together faculty from across the Drama Department with student performers and Production & Design team members for an exploration of Euripides' The Bacchae, directed by Emily Mendelsohn. In addition, the festival will feature Dœmon, a production of devised work directed by Attilio Rigotti and performed in repertory throughout the week, exploring the timely narratives and issues of Euripides' original work through deconstructed performance components. 

PLEASE NOTE: Both in-person events will only be available to NYU faculty, staff, and students due to the university's COVID-19 safety precautions. You will be required to complete the daily screener in order to enter the building. If you purchase a ticket but cannot pass your daily screener, you will not be admitted into the performance. 

For general public, we also offer on-demand video streaming available for instant viewing from Monday, November 22, 2021 12:00 AM until Monday, November 29, 2021 11:45 PM EST.

Emily Mendelsohn
Emily Mendelsohn

Nov. 18, 20 & 21

By Euripides
Translated by Aaron Poochigian
Directed by Emily Mendelsohn

The Bacchae is 2,500-year-old play about the human and more-than-human vitality of grief and the dire consequences of stifling it. Dionysus, son of human Semele and god Zeus, returns to his mother’s home to restore her name as the mother of a god. He drives his aunts and other women of Thebes into ecstatic worship on a nearby mountain, but his cousin, the city’s ruler, refuses to respect Dionysus’ rites. Dionysus seduces Pentheus to become a woman and spy on the wild revelers who tear him apart in ritual sacrifice. Pentheus’ mother, Agave, returns to the city with her son’s head in her hands. Dionysus’ spell lifts and Pentheus body is laid on Semele’s grave, opening a space for mourning–for Semele, Pentheus, the family, the city, and a justice that can be fully known. With this production of Aaron Poochigian’s translation, we will explore wildness, animality, and the rituals we have to hold space for loss in the pandemic and our ongoing climate emergency.

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Attilio Rigotti
Attilio Rigotti

Nov. 19, 20 & 21

Written by the Ensemble Cast
Lead Creation & Direction by Attilio Rigotti

Pentheus, the son of Echion, is torn apart from limb to limb. His body is scattered among the cliffs, the forests, the hills. But in that single instant, that moment of rending, where does Pentheus go? Is he dead? Is he alive? Or is he somewhere else, a new space?

A dæmon, neither god nor mortal, but in-between, constantly in-motion.

The piece is a visual, textual, and physical meditation on different states of in-betweenness: between mortality and divinity, between the rational and the irrational, between the physical and the digital, between the male and the female, between flesh and algorithm.

Using technology as a collaborator, this response piece to the Bacchae tackles the text and its cultural legacy as a charged artistic archive to break apart ideas of transhumanism, liminality, consciousness, divinity, the body, and the limits of the human experience.

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