Trans-Bacchanalia Express by Bill Zaget

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Trans-Bacchanalia Express by Bill Zaget

This happy-ending colloquial take on 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 seeks advice from his grandfather and the blind seer Tyresias, but they are not much help. Pentheus unsuccessfully imprisons Dionysus, who easily escapes. Dionysus causes the destruction of the palace and manipulates Pentheus to further his own agenda. Pentheus 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—this time as a woman.

Keywords: transformation, transgender, trans, Dionysus, Bacchae, wonky, dramatic comedy, gender, gender dysphoria, Jenner, gay

Running Time: 90 minutes

Acts: 2

Male Cast: 6

Female Cast: 6