Dionysus Was Such a Nice Man


Dionysus Was Such a Nice Man is a comic and pungent take on the story of Oedipus from the perspective of the family of shepherds who raised him. Written by Brooklyn-based playwright Kate Tarker and directed by foolsFURY founder Ben Yalom, Dionysus brilliantly mixes absurdism and traditions of clowning as a lens to tackle the timely subjects of sexual assault, justice and accountability.

This is what SF/Arts curator Jean Schiffman has to say about Dionysus Was Such a Nice Man :

In the Greek tragedy, Oedipus unknowingly killed his own mother. Kate Tarker’s version takes another approach; it’s about family dysfunction, with the story enacted from the POV of the folks (humble shepherds, it turns out) that raised Oed—oh, and it’s a comedy. Artistic director Ben Yalom of the physical theater ensemble FoolsFURY helms a six-member cast. How the god of wine fits in (and is he really so nice?) remains to be seen.

Event Info
Sep 20 → Oct 20
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 5 p.m.
$15 - $40
Joe Goode Annex
401 Alabama, San Francisco
Info: 415-561-6565
Venue: 561-6565
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