“Eurydice,” Sarah Ruhl’s 21st century version of an ancient Greek myth, plays out not from Orpheus’ point of view–as has been done throughout the ages in literature, opera, poetry, theater and film–but from his beloved Eurydice’s. We learn what happens to her in the Underworld while Orpheus is busy figuring out a way to get down there. Not everyone Eurydice meets in Ruhl’s wet and wild Hades has been dipped in the river of forgetfulness. With an all-star HWS cast, “Eurydice” will be performed in the Bartlett Theatre on Oct. 22, 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. under the direction of Lisa Black, assistant professor of theatre.
“From the moment I finished reading Sarah Ruhl’s ‘Eurydice’ in January of 2009, I knew I wanted to direct the play at HWS,” says Black. “I’m fascinated by the strangely sad and funny play’s essential elements of water, memory, love, lust, and myth as well as its preoccupation with the question of ‘what is interesting?'”
Playwright Sarah Ruhl was a Pulitzer finalist for her play “The Clean House.” She is the recipient of the MacArthur Foundation “genius” award and was chosen this year by American Theater magazine as one of 25 people expected to shape the next 25 years of American theater.
“The play is a take on the classic myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, but with a few surprises. If you know the story, you are going to be in for a real treat,” says Shalon Hilton ’10, a senior who will play Eurydice in the show. “With Lisa Black’s direction and the combination of actors the play has become more than just words on the page. It has become a fantastical world that I think will really excite the audience.”
Other cast members include: Johnathan Patterson ‘11 (Orpheus), Steve Owens ‘10 (Father), Jordan Youngmann ‘10 (Nasty Interesting Man), Denisse Polanco ‘11 (Little Stone), Sarah Tompkins ‘10 (Big Stone), GK Lyttle ‘10 (Loud Stone). A number of William Smith students are on the production team: Jessica Cohen ’10 (sound designer); Josephine Stout ’12 (stage manager); Pearl Kerber ’13 (assistant stage manager); and Emily Potter ’13 (assistant stage manager).
Tickets are free for HWS students and $5 for the general public.