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A Modern Twist on a Greek Myth

Published: January 26, 2018 | Author: Ashley H Pollock | Category: Arts

Advertisement for EurydiceSouthern Utah University’s Department of Theatre Arts & Dance will present Eurydice on February 2, 3, 5, 9, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. with matinee performances on February 3 and 10, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre located in the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for alumni with card, and $5 for youth. SUU faculty, staff, and students can get in free with a valid ID card.

This modern interpretation of the tragic Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice removes Orpheus from the center of the story and concentrates on the journey of his wife, Eurydice, through the underworld. The play, Eurydice, explores the emotional rollercoaster of losing those we love, the way that we process our grief, and how we fight to keep those memories alive.

Dr. Scott Knowles, Assistant Professor and Director of Eurydice, said, “Working on the production has been such an interesting experience to play with and remember feelings and thoughts about those I have personally lost. Ultimately, it offers a sort of twist on the ideas of impermanence and ephemerality built into the theatre and life.”

The play has a small cast which includes Eurydice, Her Father, Orpheus, the Interesting Man, and the ensemble of three stones. When asked about her role as Loud Stone, Teeq Hill said, “I'm literally playing a rock, so it's been a journey of exploring different personalities. My favorite part of rehearsal has been exploring the physicality of the Stones. We've had so much fun exploring dozens of motifs, trying to find the perfect fit for our strange characters.”

Phoebe Bock, Hair and Makeup Designer for the production and senior Theatrical Studies major, said, “The stories of the past are still relevant and teach us the way they did back then. This production specifically is interesting in that it is a sort of coming of age story where Eurydice becomes her own person and grows into herself as an individual. It's a thought provoking concept in an age where people are always trying to distinguish between defining themselves by someone else or defining themselves by their own.”

The Department of Theatre Arts & Dance has arranged two pre-show talks to be held prior to the performances on February 2 and 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Garth and Jerri Frehner Rehearsal/Education Hall, also located in the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts. These talks will feature Dr. Dave Lunt, Assistant Professor of History at SUU, presenting, Life Isn’t Fair, and Death isn’t either: The myth of Eurydice and Orpheus.

Henry Ballesteros, Senior Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) candidate emphasizing in Classical Acting, plays Eurydice’s father. He said, “This production celebrates life and why our relationships with each other are important. Losing someone close to us is painful, but our memories of them are truly wonderful and everlasting. We, as storytellers, are striving to bring these themes to life, giving the audience a chance to rediscover why people in our lives are important and how we should cherish every moment that we have.”

Join this epic journey of love, loss, and remembrances. Experience Eurydice February 2, 3, 5, 9, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. with matinee performances on February 3 and 10, 2018. For more information about the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance at SUU and to purchase tickets, please visit www.suu.edu/pva/ta.



Contact Information:
Ashley H Pollock
435-865-8667
pollocka@suu.edu