Bethany College Theatre announces auditions for its 2018 fall production of Eurydice, Sarah Ruhl’s beautiful and haunting reimagining of the classic Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Auditions are set for Sunday, September 2 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and again on Monday, September 3, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Burnett Center.

Many writers and composers over the centuries have focused on Orpheus in their telling of the tale; Ruhl, however, chooses to put the young bride at the center of the story. When Eurydice dies on her wedding day, she descends to the Underworld, where she is submerged in the Lethe, the river of forgetfulness, erasing her memory. She is reunited with her deceased father, who helps rekindle his daughter’s memories of the past and of her beloved Orpheus, who has undertaken the task of rescuing his bride from the land of the dead. The talented Ruhl, one of contemporary American theater’s most dynamic and original voices, takes “a fresh look at a timeless love story” while exploring universal themes of memory, love, loss, and grieving.

Former 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.”

The cast of seven includes: Eurydice (female, 20s); Orpheus (male, 20s); the Father (male, 40s to 60s; the Nasty Interesting Man/Lord of the Underworld (20s or 30s); and a Chorus of three Stones — Big Stone, Little Stone, Loud Stone (20s to 60s, male or female). Prof. Greg  LeGault, who is directing the production, states that he will consider casting a female in the dual role of the Nasty Interesting Man/Lord of the Underworld; also, that while he prefers casting an older man in the role of the Father, he is not averse to casting a younger actor.

Copies of the script are available in Wallerstedt Learning Center for a two-hour, in-library checkout. Auditions will involve cold readings. LeGault “highly encourages” familiarity with the script to those auditioning.

If you have questions regarding auditions and/or the play, you can contact Prof. LeGault at 785-227-3380 | x8257 or email him at legaultg@bethanylb.edu.