It’s no secret that Canadian singer/songwriter Hawksley Workman has a passion for theatre, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that he is front and centre in a new musical. Yes, even with his new project Mounties on the rise, Workman has found time to star in the new touring play, The God That Comes (trailer below).
A brief synopsis of the play:
This concept album for the stage tells the story of the Greco-Roman god of wine Bacchus (or Dionysus) and uses Euripides’ The Bacchae as a primary source.
In a world ruled by greed and an oppressive king obsessed with rules and order, the lesser classes have taken to the countryside in a hedonistic spiritual revolution fuelled by wine, ritual madness, and ecstasy. Women, slaves, outlaws, and foreigners have all gone to the mountain to worship the god of wine, and to commune with their animal needs to dance, to lose control, to get drunk, and have sex. The king rails against the protesters, leading to a bloody conclusion.
The reviews are in and they are good, the Calgary Sun gave it 4/4 stars, The Globe and Mail listed it as one of their 10 Favourite Theatre Productions of 2013 and apparently there is a “sexy church” vibe.
Lucky for us, The God That Comes will be posting up at the Targon Theatre here in Toronto until June 29th. Tickets are available here.