By Sarah Ruhl
May 13-16, 20-23, Thursdays-Saturdays @ 8 pm, Sundays @ 3 pm
A story of infinite whimsy and magic, Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl is a play for sighing and crying, singing out loud and dancing with abandon. It’s a contemporary telling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth…but this time it is from Eurydice’s point of view. Thursdays/Sundays $12, $10 Members/Students; Fridays/Saturdays $14, $12 Members/Students . The ArtsCenter, 300-G East Main Street, Carrboro, NC 27510 www.artscenterlive.org 919-929-2787 ext 201.
Orpheus is the greatest musician of all time. Eurydice is an avid bookworm. The pair are all puppy love on their wedding day until Eurydice plummets to her death down a flight of 600 stairs. Ushered into the underworld by a chorus of spunky (albeit ornery) stones, Eurydice reunites with her dead father. Together, Eurydice and her father rediscover their love of storytelling, music, and dancing. But Eurydice’s father is not the only man in her life…
Eurydice and Father: Jeri Lynn Schulke and Mark Filiaci - Photo by Lyndsay Booth
Still in the world of the living, Orpheus desperately searches for his lost love. The ever-eccentric Lord Of The Underworld assigns Orpheus a deceptively simple test: to walk from the underworld to the world of the living without looking back at Eurydice. Will the young lovers reunite? Or will Eurydice stay with her father?
MacArthur Fellow and prodigious playwright Sarah Ruhl taps into a language of surprising imagery. She makes it possible for us to laugh a little too loudly, to play a little too freely, and to love a little too impulsively.
Beyond the myth itself, Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice asks: What are the furthest reaches of family, of love, of imagination? How can we remember? And how can we forget?
With Sound Design and Original Music by Nathan Logan, ArtsCenter Stage’s production features a live band. Nathan Logan (of Hooverville, The New Town Drunks, and The David Spencer Band) will play percussion, keyboard, and—yes—water! Bryon Settle (of Lud and Killer Filler) will play guitar and percussion.
The cast showcases artists from all over the Triangle and Triad areas: Jeff Aguiar (Little Stone), John Allore (Nasty Interesting Man/Lord of the Underworld), Kelly Doyle (Loud Stone), Mark Filiaci (Father), Julie Oliver (Big Stone), Jeri Lynn Schulke (Eurydice), and Eric Swenson (Orpheus).
The production is directed by Artistic Director of ArtsCenter Stage Emily Ranii with Lighting Design by Cecilia Durbin; Costume Design by Kelly Farrow; Stage Management by Lawruh Lindsey; and Scenery, Puppets, and Props Design by Tori Ralston.