Theatre invites auditions for Ruhl’s “Eurydice”

headshot-web-h_Burnett CenterBethany College Theatre will hold auditions on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 3 to 4, from 7 to 10 p.m. in Burnett Center for the fall production of Sarah Ruhl’s “Eurydice,” a beautiful and haunting reimagining of the classic myth of Orpheus.

In “Eurydice,” the tale is seen through the eyes not of its hero, but instead its young heroine. When she dies on the day of her wedding, Eurydice descends to the underworld. There, she is reunited with her father, who rekindles her memories of the past and her beloved Orpheus. The talented Ruhl, one of contemporary American theater’s most dynamic and original voices, surrounds the classic couple with an array of fascinating, modern-day characters and “ingenious plot twists” to take “a fresh look at a timeless love story.”

New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood describes Eurydice as “rhapsodically beautiful…weird and wonderful…an inexpressibly moving theatrical fable about love, loss, and the pleasures and pains of memory.” The San Francisco Chronicle described the play as “touching, inventive, invigoratingly compact and luminously liquid in its rhythms and design” as it focuses “not on the bereaved musician but…his dead bride–and her struggle with love beyond the grave as both wife and daughter.”

Associate Professor of Theatre Greg LeGault will direct “Eurydice.” The play features a cast of seven: Eurydice, Orpheus, the Father, the Nasty Interesting Man/Lord of the Underworld, and a chorus of stones–Big Stone, Little Stone, and Loud Stones.

Community members are invited to audition along with Bethany students, faculty, and staff. One actor will be double-cast as the Nasty Interesting Man/Lord of the Underworld, and LeGault seeks a male actor aged mid-40s to mid-50s to play the role of Father, a character who is called upon in the play to build a house of string for his daughter.

Copies of the script are available in Wallerstedt Learning Center for two-hour, in-library checkout only. The auditions will involve cold readings; however, familiarity with the script is highly encouraged. For more information, contact LeGault at (785) 227-3380, ext. 8257, or legaultg@bethanylb.edu.

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