University Theatre will present a whimsical interpretation of “Eurydice” by playwright Sarah Ruhl on March 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. and March 3 at 2 p.m. in the Drama Theatre of Frostburg State University’s Performing Arts Center.
The traditional story of Orpheus and Eurydice is a cornerstone of Western mythology and has been retold in nearly every art form. This creative and fresh look at the myth incorporates moments of humor as well as more serious moments of sentimentality. “We know a great deal about Orpheus’ loss. But for some reason we never hear from Eurydice—she’s always a cipher, someone who dies twice,” Ruhl said. “I’m interested in her voice, a voice that hasn’t been heard before. I’m interested in anyone who dies twice.”
Avoiding the usual romanticism and melodrama, Ruhl’s “Eurydice” is a unique, impressionistic interpretation of a timeless story. Delicate, dreamlike and ironic, the play focuses more on Eurydice’s relationship with her father than with Orpheus, and it unfolds in an Underworld setting that bears more resemblance to “Alice In Wonderland” than the mythical Hades. Ultimately “Eurydice” is a play about words and language, forgetfulness and memory and re-discovering one’s voice.
Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for non-students for the Main Stage series. For reservations and information, call the theatre box office at (301) 687-7462. Please note that evening performances now begin at 7:30 p.m.
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