How far would you go for love? On April 22 through 25, audiences will have the chance to go on a journey of love and loss with DSU’s reprisal of Sarah Ruhl’s retelling of the classic greek myth Eurydice.
Orpheus and Eurydice simply wanted to share many years of wedded bliss, however, Fate had other plans. On the night of their wedding night, Eurydice dies, leaving Orpheus without his beloved bride. However, all is not lost, Orpheus, determined to recover his lost love makes his way to the underworld. According to an article from Palo Alto Online, Orpheus’ beautiful singing allows him to win the favor of Hades or the “Lord of the Underworld” giving him permission to fetch Eurydice who has recently been reunited with her beloved father in the underworld. Associate Professor of Theatre at Dickinson State University, Jarvis Jahner said, themes related to the limits of love and memory are at the forefront.
The cost of general admission is $10. Tickets may be purchased at the DSU Arts website or at the door. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. April 22-24 and at 2:00 p.m. April 25 at Stickney Auditorium in May Hall. Each performance lasts for about 90 minutes.
This play is not a musical and traditionally features portions of silent choreographed movement, according to Palo Alto.
Being a modern retelling, there are bound to be differences. The language and type of storytelling used, which Jarvis said includes the use of certain special effects, brings a new modern approach to the antiquated play.
“We’ve got a couple (of) water effects on stage, at one point in time, they have to dip themselves in the river, basically to forget and that’s a pretty big effect,”Jahner said.
A small number of students and one community member are set to play the main characters, with Senior Rachel Andrus playing Eurydice. Orpheus, the main male character, Jahner said will be played by a woman in this version with Heaven Pechtl cast as Orpheus.
A unique story told in an equally unique fashion, Jahner said will bring in audiences and present them with a fun night of sobering reality.
“I think it is something that will make people think,” Jahner said.
Despite the easing of state restrictions regarding COVID-19, Jahner said audience members will be required to wear masks and socially distance.