Ruhl's Eurydice Descends Upon Atlanta's Alliance March 14

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Sarah Ruhl's contemporary take on the Orpheus myth, Eurydice, begins performances at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre March 14.
Playwright Sarah Ruhl
Playwright Sarah Ruhl Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Melinda Helfrich stars in the title role with Justin Adams (Orpheus), Andrew Benator (Nasty and Interesting Man/Lord of the Underworld), Neal A. Ghant (Big Stone), Paul Hester (Little Stone), Chris Kayser (Father) and Courtney Patterson (Loud Stone). A co-production with Georgia Shakespeare company, Eurydice is directed by Georgia Shakespeare producing artistic director Richard Garner. An opening night has been set for March 19 with performances continuing through April 13.

Ruhl's vision of the Orpheus myth from Eurydice's point of view begins as Eurydice dies on her wedding day. "Determined to be reunited with his beloved wife, Orpheus journeys through the Underworld intent on bringing Eurydice back to the land of the living. Eurydice, now reunited with her dearly loved late father, must choose between the love of her father and love for her husband. Emotions collide as she tries to hold on to love and life while discovering the harsh and tragic rules of death, memory and choices," according to production notes.

The creative team for Eurydice includes Kat Conley (set designer), Miranda Hoffman (costume designer), Justin Townsend (lighting designer), Clay Benning (sound designer) and Celise Kalke (dramaturg).

Sarah Ruhl, currently represented Off-Broadway with Dead Man's Cell Phone, is a Pulitzer Prize finalist whose works include The Clean House and Passion Play: A Cycle.

Tickets are available by calling (404) 733-5000 or by visiting

The Alliance Theatre is located within the Woodruff Arts Center, at the corner of Peachtree Street and 15th Street, in Atlanta, GA.

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