Written by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Darcie Crager
Original Music by Ellen Warkentine
Scenic Design by Sydnie Ponic
Costume Design by Charlotte Ballard
Lighting Design by Gelareh Soofi Siavash
Sound Design by Chad Mata
Orpheus Song; Text by Mark Irwin; Conceptualized by Darcie Crager; Composition by Maxwell Peterson
Stage Managed by Kristin Hwang
Photography by Jamie Hughes & Rich Rose
Produced by the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
MFA Thesis Production
The story of Orpheus and Eurydice is iconic in both Western art and literature. Orpheus, a Demigod, was the most famous poet and musician to ever live. Eurydice was his wife. Dying from a snake bite, Eurydice is sent to the Underworld, leaving her husband behind to mourn the loss. Orpheus flees down to the land of the dead to get her back, seducing Hades and the three judges of the Underworld with his beautiful music. This strikes him a deal to bring Eurydice back to life. Orpheus must lead Eurydice out of the Underworld under one condition: he must not look back at Eurydice until she's safe under the light of the sun. Only, Orpheus turned back when he reached the sunlight; and therefore, lost her forever.
Sarah Ruhl takes this classic myth and reimagines it from Eurydice’s point of view, adding contemporary characters, whimsical themes and poetic imagery to the mix. Eurydice is one of the most beautiful plays I have ever read as it is so full of life in a story that is surrounded by death. Ruhl wrote this piece as a way to have a few more conversations with her father, a lover of words, who passed away when she was twenty-years-old. In truth, Ruhl’s lyrical writing in Eurydice is one giant poem disguising itself as a play. Its poetic resonance carries through between the lines, from the page and onto the stage. Eurydice is a meditation on love in loss as it examines the struggle of letting go, holding on and the journey between those two points. I invite the audience to join us on this journey of desire; our desire to let go, our desire to hold on...to turn and look back just once more.
This production is dedicated to the memory of my grandma and grandpa. - D.C.