When he first started working on “The Bacchae,” Chris McMahon wanted his actors to be completely naked.
But when the director of LAB! Theatre’s latest LAB!oratory series production was told that nudity wouldn’t be allowed, he settled for bandeau tops and bike shorts.
“The Bacchae,” a Greek tragedy written by Euripides, is about mortals who refuse to worship the god Dionysus and their resulting punishment. The play premieres Thursday at the Center for Dramatic Art.
Time: 8 p.m. tonight through Sunday, 2 p.m. matinee Sunday and 5 p.m. Monday
Location: Center for Dramatic Art
McMahon, who readapted the play into what he calls a “modern techno style,” said “The Bacchae” is essentially about the exploration of human nature — a conflict that he says many movies and plays attempt to convey but few actually capture.
Instead, McMahon said he had a better idea for how to interpret the meaning that lies within “The Bacchae.”