Dionysus in 69

This performance is general admission. All seating is on wooden platforms on the floor or on raised wooden platforms accessed by wooden ladders. If you need special accommodation, please notify the box office 24 hours ahead of time by calling 212.924.0077.

Rude Mechs is proud to rebirth Dionysus in 69, The Performance Group’s radical 1968 re-imagining of The Bacchae. The company remounts this piece as faithfully as possible to Richard Schechner’s original staging using Brian de Palma’s film and the 1970 book, Dionysus in 69, as primary sources. The Rude Mechs production is the first-ever remounting of this legendary work, and it finally returns to New York City 44 years after its premiere. The Performance Group’s Dionysus in 69 was the first of its kind environmental theater production performed at the Performing Garage, featuring an extraordinary combination of groundbreaking milestones including audience interaction and full-frontal nudity of both women and men.

Nov 8 at 6:30 Come Early Conversation: The (Re)performance of Discussing “Dionysus in 69” with Madge Darlington (Co-Producing Artistic Directors of Rude Mechs) and Shawn Sides (Co-Producing Artistic Director of Rude Mechs)

Nov 9 Stay Late Discussion:* Discussing Dionysus in 69, NOW with Elizabeth Zimmer (Writer and Dance Critic) in conversation with Richard Schechner (professor of Performance Studies at NYU Tisch) and Shawn Sides & Madge Darlington (Co-Producing Artistic Directors of Rude Mechs)

*Stay Late event follows the 7:30 performance only

This presentation is made possible, in part, by the Lambent Foundation. Further support for this project is given by the National Performance Network Performance Residency Program.