EURYDICE by Sarah Ruhl
A play in three movements, directed by Michelle Milne, M.F.A.
Performance Dates: November 14-16 and 22-23, 2014
Eurydice, by Sarah Ruhl, winds romance, death, humor, whimsy, music, and poetry together into a play in three “movements.” Ruhl’s contemporary version of the Greek myth Orpheus is told from the point of view of his wife Eurydice, has subtext that resonates with the death of Ruhl’s own father, and incorporates elements of magical realism.
Eurydice loves literature, and her new husband Orpheus loves music. They attempt to communicate through these related but different languages (literature and music) – leading to some communication challenges, as well as delightfully playful dialogue. Other characters include the child-like, spoiled-brat Lord of the Underworld; Eurydice’s endearing father; and a Very Interesting Man (or at least, he believes he is) – otherwise known as the Nasty Interesting Man, who lures Eurydice to his ultra-high condo on her wedding day. Characters write letters to each other, sent from life to death and back again; Eurydice builds a room out of string; and she travels in a raining elevator. Ruhl’s Eurydice lends itself to playful, dreamlike, and creative interpretation of staging, design, and character – an exciting opportunity for all ensemble (acting and design) members.
The play calls for 3 men, 1 woman (with a potential 2nd woman in an alternate script version), and a “Chorus of Stones,” which can be men or women. The chorus of stones will not be your typical “chorus” role – you will not simply be supporting the story, but you will be integral to it, and to creating the style of the play’s world. We will use Ruhl’s language, but will expand that into as much movement and vocal creativity as the cast wants to bring to the process. There will be a lot of room for creative input! We will use a creative, collaborative, ensemble-based, physically and visually engaging approach to rehearsals – ideally with designers and actors exchanging ideas throughout the process as we create our own particular world of the play.