November 04, 2013

‘Eurydice’ takes to Moe Theater stage on Saturday

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Getting married and descending into hell is not a typical honeymoon.

It is, however, the story of Eurydice, the title character in a play by Pulitzer Prize nominee Sarah Ruhl.  “Eurydice” is a retelling of the Orpheus myth from his wife’s point of view.  A single performance is set for 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, in the Christian H. Moe Theater in Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Communication Building.

Admission is free.

The focus of this classic love story shifts to the emotional journey of the tragic heroine. After dying on her wedding day Eurydice travels to Hades and reunites with her long-lost father. Her bridegroom, the great musician Orpheus, journeys through the underworld to bring Eurydice back to the land of the living but he soon discovers she is torn between her romantic love of him and unconditional love for her father.

Graduate student Patrick McGregor II directs this production as part of his qualifying thesis.