Eurydice: Sarah Ruhl's Powerful Retelling of the Myth of Orpheus
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An interesting performance with very committed players. Though the audience found the Stones (clowns) funny, I have to say I didn't. The irony of (unfeeling) rocks horsing around in the underworld of the dead is too heavy for humor. Some fine performances, though--the Father, especially, and the Lord of the Underworld, both certainly worth seeing.
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I was with a group of five people. All agreed that the play was very amateurish. Utilizing clowns was, at best, distracting and not particularly effective theatre. The Eurydice story was too thin to support an entire play, as produced.
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In the "three little words" spirit --- I loved it. I saw more genuine dramatic imagination in this performance than almost anything I have seen in recent times. The concept, the staging, the dialogue, the set and costumes, and the acting/clowning...continued
Lose yourself to the depths of the underworld in Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-nominated author Sarah Ruhl’s tale of memory, loss, and love. Independent Drama Society’s Artistic Director Lindsay Eagle (The Shape of Things, The Pronoun ‘I’) invokes a haunting and magical circus world for this modern adaptation of a Greek love story. Blurring the line between dream and reality, Eurydice has been hailed by the New York Times as “weird and wonderful” and “gripping and emotionally potent.”
Sarah Ruhl’s plays include In The Next Room (or the vibrator play); The Clean House (Pulitzer Prize finalist, 2005; Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, 2004); Passion Play, a cycle (Pen American Award, Fourth Freedom Forum Playwriting Award from the Kennedy Center); Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play); Melancholy Play; Demeter in the City (nine NAACP Image Award nominations);_ Eurydice; Orlando_; and Late: a cowboy song. Her plays have premiered at Lincoln Center Theater, the Goodman Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, Arena Stage, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Yale Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Cornerstone Theater, Madison Repertory Theatre and the Piven Theatre Workshop, and have been produced across the country. Her plays have also been produced internationally and translated into Polish, Russian, Spanish, Norwegian, Korean, German and Arabic. Originally from Chicago, Ms. Ruhl received her MFA from Brown University, where she studied with Paula Vogel. In 2003, she was the recipient of the Helen Merrill Emerging Playwrights Award and the Whiting Writers’ Award. She is a member of 13P and New Dramatists and won the MacArthur Fellowship in 2006. She is a recent recipient of the PEN CenterAward for a mid-career playwright.
“Imaginative and moving, Eurydice transcends the human experience,” explains Lindsay Eagle, IDS’s artistic director and the director of the production. “It speaks to our innards, our guts, to the powerful, irrational emotions that govern our existence. Sarah Ruhl’s treatment of love and loss is universal, and it is my hope you will be touched. Simply said, it’s a beautiful play.”
The Independent Drama Society production features: Chris Anton, Cliff Blake, Melissa DeJesus, Zach Eisenstat, Sarah J. Gazdowicz, Coriana Hunt Swartz, Sierra Kagen, Chris Larson, Adam Lauver, Glen Moore, Greg Nussen, Micah Tougas, Victoria Townsend, and introducing Annie Winneg as Eurydice.
The design team includes Rob Lemire and Abigail Neuhoff (Set Design), Samara Martin (Costume Design), Matthew Breton (Lighting Design), and Chris Larson (Sound Design). Laura Schlein is the Stage Manager and Chris Anton is the Production Manager.