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Euripides' 'Bacchai' to Be Presented at Swarthmore

For Immediate Release:  April 30, 2007
Contact:  Marsha Nishi Mullan     


Euripides' 'Bacchai' to Be Presented at Swarthmore


The Department of Theater at Swarthmore College will present Euripides' "Bacchai" translated by Colin Teevan, on Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5, at 10 p.m. and Sunday, May 6, at 8 p.m. (please note change from originally scheduled times) in the Frear Ensemble Theatre, Lang Performing Arts Center. The performances are free and open to the public without reservations. For more information, please call 610-957-6164 or email

Katie Van Winkle '07 directs this honors thesis production in collaboration with Lecoq-trained guest artist Emmanuelle Delpech-Ramey. Lighting design is by James P. Murphy, costume design by Laila Swanson. Original music composed by the cast and performed on taiko, cello, saxophone and piano will be featured in this sensual, violent play exploring the brutal and transformative confrontation between Dionysus, god of wine, theatre, and chaos, and the mortal dictator Pentheus, champion of order and rationality.

Emmanuelle Delpech-Ramey was classically trained at the Ecole Superieur d'Art Dramatique de la ville de Paris and studied physical theatre at Ecole Jacques Lecoq. Besides her U.S. work with Pig Iron Theatre Company, Delpech-Ramey has performed in Paris and throughout Europe. A former member of Pig Iron Theatre Company for eight years, Delpech-Ramey was a performer and co-creator of such critically-acclaimed productions as "Gentlemen Volunteers," "Flop!," "Hell Meets Henry Halfway," and "James Joyce is Dead and So Is Paris," for which she won a Barrymore Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical. She performed in Interact Theatre's world premier of "Feast of the Flying Cow and other Stories of War" and co-created and performed "Madame Douce-Amere." Delpech-Ramey has taught clown at University of the Arts and organizes her own clown workshops in Philadelphia and currently teaches a Lecoq techniques class at Temple University.

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