Synopsis: In this surreal adaptation of a Greek tragedy, Pentheus, the king of Thebes, must defend his kingdom from the foreign cult of Dionysus. When Dionysus offers to show him the cult’s mysterious rites, Pentheus gives into temptation and takes up the offer. Red curtains, golden masks, crossdressing, and cannibalism are in store.
Key Cast: Cristobal Paulino, Ian Brownhill, Meredith Gosselin
Director: Noah Schachter
Runtime: 12 minutes
Director statement: I’m interested in mythology because I believe it taps into primal, universal themes of the human experience. When I read Robin Robertson’s translation of “Bacchae” by Euripides, I saw it play out in my head, and I connected to it on a visceral level. “Bacchae” is as relevant now as it was then. It touches on themes of xenophobia, gender ambiguity, boundary breaking, subversion of tradition, and that classic Greek theme of hubris. As with with many my projects, I was compelled to infuse it with a campy giallo aesthetic.