A modern retelling of the classic Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice will be presented under the lights of the Wallace Book of Life Theater Feb. 21 as the California Baptist University theater program presents the play “Eurydice.”
“Eurydice,” pronounced (yoo-rid-uh-see), was written by American playwright Sarah Ruhl.
On the day of her wedding, Eurydice loses her life — only to find that death is not the end. As the story unfolds, Eurydice finds herself in the Underworld on a journey that reunites her with her father and drives her to search for her lost love.
Tajei Wright, senior theater major, described the play as “a hauntingly beautiful love story.”
Wright went on to add that “people should definitely see the play.”
Elizabeth Malone, assistant professor of theater and director of “Eurydice,” said the play is an important piece of theater capturing the consequences of the pursuit of earthly love.
“It is like making sense of a dream,” Malone said. “It has the nature of memory, love and loss.”
Along with the poetic dialogue, the play will feature soundscapes to enhance the story and create an atmosphere similar to that of a dream.
Kelsey Knight, senior theater major and lead actress playing Eurydice, said, “The story is based off of Greek mythology, which means it is in a world that has a lot of fantasy. Some things wouldn’t realistically make sense but it leaves so much room for imagination, and thought-provoking questions.”
Knight also explained that “Eurydice” is unlike any other play that has ever been performed at CBU. She placed emphasis on how artistically developed the story is relayed, both visually and audibly.
Knight added that this is the type of play that makes for good coffee-shop conversation for audience members after the show.
The play opens Feb. 21 and will be shown Feb. 22, 27–28 and March 1 at 7:30 p.m. at The Wallace Book of Life Theater. General admission tickets cost $12, and for students and senior citizens tickets are $10.