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Unread 11-17-2020, 02:23 PM
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The Faux-Real Theatre
Mark Greenfield, Artistic Director
917-687-4998/ markhgreenfield@gmail.com

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zoom-ba...s-129234787729

Webpage: http://www.fauxreal.org/zoom-bacchae

Book Link: https://www.amazon.com/Bacchae-Norto...146785&sr=8-15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Faux-Real Theatre Presents ZOOM BACCHAE a one-night-only online staged reading of a new translation of THE BACCHAE

New York, NY—The Faux-Real Theatre will present Euripides’ ZOOM BACCHAE on Vimeo on Monday, December the 7th at 7pm EST, in celebration of Aaron Poochigian’s new translation of the play (W. W. Norton).

The Greek God Dionysus is coming to you online to make sure you are still worshipping him, even if it is socially distant. Dionysus demands ecstatic revels of his worshippers, and Faux-Real won’t let him down. The reading is a loyal interpretation of this 5th century-BC tragedy by Euripides. That is to say, it is scary, crazy, and engaging - a virtual trip into the past that will bring actor and audience together in these quarantined times.

This staged reading is free for all. Access and pre-registration are available through Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zoom-ba...s-129234787729).

Translated by Aaron Poochigian, Directed by Faux-Real Artistic Director Mark Greenfield, masks by Lynda White and musical direction by Tony Naumovski.

Aaron Poochigian earned a PhD in Classics from the University of Minnesota and an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University. He has published four books of original verse and numerous books of translation for such presses as Penguin Classics and W.W. Norton. For this work he was awarded an NEA Fellowship in Translation. His poems have appeared in such publications as Best American Poetry, The Paris Review and POETRY.

Charles McNulty (LA Times) calls the translation “by far the most theatrically assured rendition of the play I’ve encountered.”

Aram Kouyoumdjian (Asbarez) declares “Poochigian’s translation . . . a triumph―a remarkably lucid and vibrant rendition.”

Founded in 1994, Faux-Real has distinguished itself by staging immersive, boundary-breaking shows in a variety of unlikely, yet highly accessible, theatres and locations. Its visceral approach to Greek theatre is fueled by the knowledge that 2,400 years ago these plays were performed in competitions and had to be highly entertaining as well as enlightening in order to win.
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Unread 11-17-2020, 04:45 PM
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Congratulations, Aaron. That's an impressive achievement indeed!

I have registered to attend the Zoom production... it's at midnight here, but luckily I'm a night owl rather than a lark.

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Unread 11-17-2020, 06:04 PM
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Jayne,

that's great. Thank you! There will be a question and answer session afterward. If it is not too late, I would love to see you, virtually, there.

Thanks again for signing up.

Best,

Aaron
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Unread 11-17-2020, 08:34 PM
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I stay up till dawn. When I'm going to sleep, I can see the lark "at break of day arising."
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Miffed! I ordered it the day it was released and Amazon says: Arrives: Nov 25 - Dec 3.

Congrats on this show.
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Thanks, Ralph. Sorry for the delay--my copies got delayed as well.
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Sweet! we made it into Broadwayworld: https://www.broadwayworld.com/off-br...CCHAE-20201123
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Tonight's the night:

free theater online: "Zoom Bacchae"

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zoom-ba...s-129234787729

We made it into American Theatre Magazine! https://www.americantheatre.org/2020...ee-categories/
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That was so entertaining, Aaron! And I enjoyed the discussion afterwards, too.

I especially liked what one of the actors said about the play's parallels with more recent events, and how she found it especially creepy to explore the cult-like aspects of getting swept up in following someone with a powerful personality: "I think of Jonestown, and those people who dressed up in the red, and...(dramatic pause)...other things recently...."
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Thank you for watching, Julie.

Yes, that actor made a mature oblique reference to the cult of Trump. I would not have been so mature or subtle.

Thanks again,

Aaron
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