Pier One Theatre is featuring another classic play for the first two weekends in August, “Euridice” drawn from Greek mythology.
Directors are using the version of the ancient myth created by playwright Sarah Ruhl.
Ruhl “re-imagines the classic story of Eurydice and Orpheus from the heroine’s point of view” in an evocative, poetic, fluid telling of the Greek tale of the lovers separated by death, relayed Barb Petersen in an email.
In Greek mythology, Eurydice was an oak nymph, one of the daughters of Apollo, the god of light. On her wedding day, a satyr pursues her and she steps on a poisonous snake and dies instantly, traveling to the underworld where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love.
Distraught, Orpheus plays and sings so mournfully that all the nymphs and gods weep and tell him to travel to the underworld and retrieve her, which he gladly does. After his music softens the hearts of Hades and Persephone, his singing so sweet that even the Erinyes wept, he is allowed to take her back to the world of the living. The story of Eurydice may actually be a late addition to the Orpheus myths, which dates from ancient Greece between the sixth and eighth centuries, B.C.
Casey Parrett and Alder Fletcher, two Youth Theatre alums, direct. The actors are all young. Lindsey Schneider, 14, has one starring role, Eurydice, and Johnny Hamilton, 15 plays her hero Orpheus. Brian Strickland, 18, is Eurydice’s father, Jake Marquardt, 12 is lord of the underworld and the chorus of stones is comprised of Sabrina Kryshak, 15, Tia Mitchell, 14, Annalyn Brown, 10 and Katia Holmes also 10.
The play will be performed for the next two weekends, starting this Friday. All performances are slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. and will play Aug. 3,4,5 and 9,10,11. Advance tickets are available at the Homer Book Store and of course they will also be sold at the ticket booth in front of the theatre on the nights of the play. They are $10 general admission with discounts available. For advance reservations call 235-7333.
When: Aug. 3,4,5 & 9,10,11; 7:30 p.m.
Where: Pier One Theatre
More info: 235-7333
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