GreenStage’s popular “Hard Bard” productions take classic scripts to their bloody conclusions. This year, they’re spattering the audience with plenty of gore during performances of Euripedes’ The Bacchae, tonight, tomorrow, and Saturday.
The play follows the deadly Maenads as they rampage through the countryside. The King of Thebes runs afoul of their patron god, Dionysus, and the results are gory when he goes to spy on them dressed in women's clothing.
Audience members who want to attend as anything from Antigone to a zombie, or possibly a zombie Antigone, this weekend will have their costumes judged by the cast. Prizes will be awarded.
GreenStage organizers say that any costume is welcome, so come as Batman or a Disney princess, but those who sit in the front row are guaranteed to get some extra stage blood and some new stains on their dress, complements of the Bacchae cast.
The Bacchae performances are free and there's no entry fee for the costume contest, either. Because Halloween is the most popular and the last weekend for this production, reservations are recommended.
Final performances take place Oct. 31, Nov. 1, and Nov. 2 at the Stage One Theatre, North Seattle Community College, 9600 College Way N. Times and ticket reservations are available through GreenStage's website.