Several passages from Brad Mays' 1997 production of Euripides' masterwork THE BACCHAE at the Complex in Los Angeles. The conditions under which the video was shot were far from ideal, so the picture and sound quality leave something to be desired. Nevertheless, much of the impact of this stunning show pushes through all the obvious technical limitations. The movement scoring of Kim A. Weild, of which this is the only known record, is obviously wonderful. Lynn Odell is clearly brilliant in the role of Agave, as is Richard Werner as Dionysus. The ensemble of holy Maenads have tremendous power, and Phillip C. Curry's superb Teiresias is almost unbearably moving. Obviously, nothing can replace having seen the actual production, which ran for ten weeks and broke all box office records at the Complex, according to theatre owner/manager Matt Chait.
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