HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 28, 2014 – High Point University’s Department of Theatre will present “Eurydice,” playwright Sarah Ruhl’s retelling of the myth of Orpheus, at 7:30 p.m. March 13-15 and March 17-18 in the Empty Space Theatre on the HPU campus. It is open to the public, and tickets are available to purchase.
“Eurydice” reimagines the Greek myth of Orpheus through the eyes of the tale’s heroine, Eurydice. Dying too young on her wedding day, Ruhl’s retelling follows Eurydice through the underworld where, when given the opportunity to cheat death, she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love.
“Our version of ‘Eurydice’ promises to be a heart-felt production that explores the love between a father and daughter and a woman and her husband,” says Matthew Emerson, assistant professor of theatre. “With contemporary characters and surprising plot twists, the drama is a fresh look at a timeless love story.”
The production stars seniors Jared Goldenberg, Madison Jordan and Stephen Sargeant; junior Fiona White; sophomore Alexandra Oliver; and freshman Charlotte Burton. Rachel Garrett, a senior, will serve as stage manager, and sophomore Elizabeth Albritton will be assistant stage manager. Doug Brown, assistant professor of theatre, plays the role of Father; Ami Shupe, associate professor of theatre, is designing scenery and costumes; Russell Hill, theatre facility manager, is designing lights; and Ryan Hemsoth, assistant professor of theatre, is technical director for the show.
“We wanted to produce a play by a living, still-writing, female playwright,” says Emerson. “Ruhl’s exploration of loss in ‘Eurydice’ suggests that when we are devastated by a loss or big change in our lives, it is OK to be sad for a little while, and it’s OK that it affects us profoundly.”
Tickets are $10 for general admission, $7 for senior citizens, $5 for students and $3 for children 12 and under. Those interested in purchasing tickets may contact the HPU Box Office at Hayworth Fine Arts Center at 336-841-4673.