A new wife. Plunging into the Underworld (don’t you love that word?). Feelings torn between devotion to a father and to a husband.
With “beautifully spare and poetic imagery,” Eurydice has been described as “achingly poignant” (The Washington Post) and “beguiling” (Chicago Tribune).
Directing this staging is ANW Producing Artistic Director Geoff Elliott. “This haunting tale of grief and loss, filled with sweet humor and sadness, explores questions pertaining to our most intimate relationships.”
The cast is lead by Jules Willcox (Eurydice), Graham Sibley (Orpheus), and Elliott who plays her father. The other characters are intruigingly named Little Stone (Jessie Losch), Loud Stone (Kelly Ehlert), and Big Stone (Abigail Marks) who serve as Ruhl’s interpretation of a Greek chorus. A Nasty Interesting Man/Lord of the Underworld is played by Ryan Vincent Anderson.
Violinist and composer Endre Balogh has written original music for this production and will play live during the performance to “highlight Orpheus’s role in Greek mythology as the world’s greatest musician.”
Eurydice was written by Ruhl as an homage to her father, and in order to have “a few more conversations with him.”
Each Saturday, from the time Ruhl was five, Patrick took his daughters to the Walker Brothers Original Pancake House for breakfast and taught them a new word, along with its etymology. (The language lesson included words such as “ostracize,” “peripatetic,” “defunct”—are memorialized in the 2003 Eurydice). “The Surreal Life: The Plays of Sarah Ruhl” by John Lahr/The New Yorker
Ruhl is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award. Her play In the Next Room was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was nominated for the 2010 Tony Award for Best Play, Best Featured Actress, and Best Costume.
Thursday, March 14th is a “Pay What You Can” performance, which allows attendees to pay what they can afford (three cheers, a bow, and all hail ANW!). This is cash only and first-come, first-served based upon availability, with a limit of two tickets per person.
Eurydice at A Noise Within
Opening Thursday, March 14th
A Noise Within, 3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena 91107
Single tickets: $40-$52
For more info, call 626.356.3100 or visit ANoiseWithin.org