Dionysus Was Such A Nice Man

Written by Kate Tarker
Directed by Ben Yalom

Eat, Drink and be Merry, for tomorrow we self-destruct


Dates: September 20 - October 20, 2019
Location:  Joe Goode Annex - 401 Alabama St.

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Anything that can be laughed at should be taken seriously, and vice versa.” – Kate Tarker, playwright

Dionysus… is a complete dismantling and reimaging of Oedipus Rex, one of the founding texts of Western theater and civilization.

“What if your childhood was a Greek Tragedy?” Tarker asks. She posits a world seen through the eyes of Alcinoe, Oedipus’s adopted sister, then examines the ways in which bad behavior, particularly by powerful men, is excused, concealed, and exalted. The play brilliantly mixes absurdism and traditions of clowning as a lens to tackle the timely subjects of sexual assault, incest, justice, and accountability.

It is a compelling reexamining of the Patriarchy deeply imbedded into our culture. Upper case Tragedy, and lower case reality collide, and we are swept into the fertile imaginative space between - just as we all live our lives in spaces between expectations, myth, and the mundane.

We are thrilled to be working with Kate at the outset of her career. We believe she will soon be an important voice in American Theater. This will be her West Coast premiere, and only her third full professional production.


Messenger - Joshua Waterstone
Polybus - Ryan Hill
Merope - Debórah Eliezer
Alcinoe - Jordan Maria Don
Jamie - Jorenz Angelo Gonzales
Oedipus - Federico Edwards

Production Team

Scenic Design - Noor Adabachi
Lighting Design - Grisel Torres
Sound Design - Patrick Kaliski

Stage Manager - Samantha Wong
Production Manager - Beth Hall
Public Relations - John Hill

Dionysus Was Such a Nice Man was originally commissioned by The Wilma Theater, Philadelphia, PA, Blanka Zizka, Founding Artistic Director and was developed with support from the Playwrights’ Center Core Program.