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Eurydice

By Sarah Ruhl

March 30-April 2, 6-8, 2017

A contemporary retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus and the death of his wife through the eyes of its heroine, playwright Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice is about the joy and power of love and the pain of loss. It also examines the fragility of memory, making the point that memories can be good or bad, but having none ends who we are.

Orpheus and Eurydice are young lovers. On their wedding day, Eurydice falls to her death and must journey to the underworld, where all memory of life is supposed to be erased. In a twist of the traditional Greek love story, Eurydice in reunited with her father, who helps her remember her lost love.

When Orpheus follows her to the underworld to return her to earth, Eurydice ultimately must decide on whether to return with him to the land of the living, or to remain in the underworld with her father.

In this feminist re-casting of the legend, Ruhl’s Eurydice is no longer merely the object of Orpheus’ romantic affection, but an autonomous individual who must make a choice. Thus, as much as this Eurydice is a traditional love story between husband and wife, it is also a tale of the transformative love between father and daughter.

Ruhl has been recognized multiple times for her writing genius, winning the Whiting Award for drama in 2003, the Susan Blackburn Prize in 2004, was a Pulitzer Prize in drama finalist in 2005 and 2010, and was a half-million-dollar MacArthur Foundation fellow award winner in 2006. Her plays have been produced throughout the U.S. and Europe.

"Exhilarating!! A luminous retelling of the Orpheus myth, lush and limpid as a dream where both author and audience swim in the magical, sometimes menacing, and always thrilling flow of the unconscious." - The New Yorker

Performances

Thursday, March 30 7:30pm
Friday, March 31 7:30pm
Saturday, April 1 7:30pm
Sunday, April 2 2:00pm

Thursday, April 6 7:30pm
Friday, April 7 7:30pm
Saturday, April 8 2:00pm & 7:30pm

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