Trans-Bacchanalia Express by Bill Zaget
Inspired by the transformation of Bruce into Caitlyn Jenner, this happy-ending colloquial version of the ancient Greek tragedy “The Bacchae” loosely follows the confrontation of the young god Dionysus with Pentheus, the young king of Thebes. Pentheus, a heroic athlete, adored by all, has recently become king and is called upon to halt the cult of Dionysus from spreading to Thebes. However, Pentheus has serious issues—although a family man, he is ill at ease with his new role, with what the public and his family expect of him, and—more importantly—his own body and gender. He unsuccessfully imprisons Dionysus and is torn apart by the followers of the young god—including his own mother and members of the Royal Court. Dionysus—who has his own issues—ultimately brings Pentheus back to life, to live again as a woman.
Keywords: Bacchae, Greek, Dionysus, Pentheus, gods, transformation, trans, drag, transsexual, dysphoria, Jenner, Euripides.
Running Time: Approximately 1.5 hours
Male Cast: 6
Female Cast: 6
Casting Note: Some doubling of roles is possible. Pentheus and Dionysus could be played by either a male, female or trans actor (or a combination, thereof.)