Eurydice Opens at Seattle's A.C.T. Sept. 11

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Sarah Ruhl's eurydice, a contemporary take on the Orpheus myth, officially opens at Seattle's A Contemporary Theatre Sept. 11.
Renata Friedman is Eurydice
Renata Friedman is Eurydice Photo by Chris Bennion

Performed in the round, Allison Narver directs the production that began performances Sept. 5 and continues through Oct. 5. Renata Friedman stars in the title role alongside Trick Danneker as Orpheus, Mark Chamberlin as Father, Paul Morgan Stetler as Nasty Interesting Man/Chid, Anne Allgood as Loud Stone, Tim Hyland as Big Stone and Tracy Hyland as Little Stone.

"Ruhl flips the classical myth of Orpheus to focus not on his descent to the underworld to rescue his young bride from death, but on Eurydice's experience of her death and the journey taken," A.C.T. press notes state. "Reunited with her father in Hades, Ruhl's Eurydice is confronted with the surprising and excruciating choice of leaving her father again to re-join her new husband. The play inventively expands on the themes of the myth to embrace not only the powerful force of romantic love, but also the deep bond shared between father and daughter. Ruhl's playfulness and her characteristic light touch in the face of almost unbearable loss catapults the play into a gorgeous, surreal realm of wonder and enchantment."

Designing eurydice are Melanie Taylor Burgess (costume design), Matt Smucker (scenic design), Michael Wellborn and Lynne Ellis (lighting design) and Chris Walker (sound design).

A Pulitzer Prize finalist for The Clean House, Ruhl has penned Dead Man's Cell Phone, Melancholy Play, Late: a Cowboy Song, Orlando, Demeter in the City and Passion Play: A Cycle.

For tickets phone (206) 292-7676 or visit ACT.

ACT is located at 700 Union Street in Seattle, WA.

<i>Eurydice</i> stars Trick Danneker and Renata Friedman
Eurydice stars Trick Danneker and Renata Friedman Photo by Chris Bennion
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