Augustana College Theatre to premiere The Bock-Eye


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Posted Online: Jan. 14, 2013, 2:54 pm
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Press release submitted by Augustana


Rock Island, Ill.- In continuation of its 2012-13 season, Balancing Acts,the Department of Theatre Arts at Augustana College will premiere The Bock-Eye, January 25-February 3 at 7:30 p.m. on Friday/Saturday and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday in Potter Theatre on the upper level of Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts (3701 7th Ave.). Tickets are $11 for the general public and $9 for senior citizens, students and Augustana faculty/staff.
The Bock-Eyeis a bold and bawdy postmodern adaptation inspired by Euripides'Greek tragedy The Bacchae. Written by acclaimed American playwright Tommy Smith, The Bock Eye is an interesting blend of old and new—a retelling of an ancient story, but with a strong contemporary attitude. This incredible story of dark revenge is sure to thrill.
Returning guest director Saffron Henkecompares the new adaptation of the play as follows:"The theme of The Bacchae might be 'Don't mess with Dionysus or you'll get it', but the theme of The Bock-Eye is more like 'That dark Dionysian thing inside you will come out, no matter what you do,' and even The God himself is not safe from it. Overall, Tommy [Smith] was very true to the original play, doing an almost line-by-line condensing of the material, with the exception of an added prologue, and different ending."
Dramaturg Gregory Donley '14, a theatre arts and classics major from Silvis, Ill.,added "Dionysus is clearly a cruel and angry god in both works, but Tommy Smith adds a tongue-in-cheek humor to the character, without detracting from his power. Pentheus is also unchanged, and remains a generally foolish king who cannot resist his own morbid curiosity towards the practices of the cult. Though much of the tone is changed, the songs written and sung by the chorus serve as a very strong connection to the style of Greek theater."
Tickets can be purchased through the Augustana Ticket Office, (309) 794-7306 or at augustana.edu/tickets. For more information, contact Sam Schlouch, manager of arts events and communication at (309) 794-7833 or samschlouch@augustana.edu.



















 




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