Play reimagines mythological tale

January 21, 2014 8:45 AM

New Wave staff

The Tulane University Department of Theatre and Dance is presenting Eurydice, directed by senior Sarah Beth Schultz as her undergraduate thesis for her bachelor of fine arts degree. The retelling of a mythological story featuring the talents of graduate and undergraduate Tulane students opens on Jan. 28 in the Lab Theater of McWilliams Hall on the Tulane uptown campus.


From left, Tulane University students Kevin Murphy plays the Father, CJ Standley is Orpheus, Sarah Beth Schultz is Eurydice and Joe Eichner is the Lord of the Underworld in Eurydice. (Photo by Jen Gillette)

The story follows the classic tale of Orpheus and Eurydice — with a twist. Orpheus, the greatest musician in the world, falls for Eurydice who tragically dies on their wedding day. After Eurydice’s death, she enters a whimsical Underworld where she encounters a nasty chorus of stones, the Lord of the Underworld and her beloved father.

While Orpheus desperately searches for a way to retrieve his bride, Eurydice gets the chance to reconnect with her father, reliving tender moments of childhood. When Orpheus ventures to the Underworld, Eurydice must make a choice: go back to the world of the living with her husband or stay in the Underworld with her father.

Schultz says of Eurydice, “It is an exploration in love, loss and the importance of memory. The show delicately handles bereavement of a person when faced with death.  No matter how much we try to ignore it, death is a part of life. [Playwright] Sarah Ruhl’s take on the classic myth reminds us that a loved one and the memories of them remain with you despite life, death and everything in between.”

Eurydice features costume design by Jen Gillette with set and lighting design by Annelise Quade.

First-come seats are available for a suggested donation of $5 and all proceeds will be donated to the Stevie Kendall Music and Arts Festival in memory of a beloved friend. Performances are Jan. 28 – Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 2 at 2 p.m.

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