Through the words of playwright Sarah Ruhl and the talents of students, the myth of Orpheus will come to life in a contemporary stage production of Eurydice. Poignant, evocative and simple, Eurydice captures the beauty of a timeless love story while intertwining themes of remembrance and redemption.
Shows run Aug. 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 17 at 2:00 p.m. in the newly renovated Black Box theatre of Homestead high school, 5000 W Mequon Rd, Mequon, WI 53092. Suggested donation of $3.
Note from Johnathan about Rehearsals:
Rehearsals are interesting. we have been doing mostly scene work with viewpoints about once a week. A lot of Joe has worked with me on, is building from nothing as far as my scenes and monologues meaning just saying words, and slowly building from that. Whats interesting is that the text is pretty bare in most of the play. It doesn’t give a lot to play from. starting from nothing but words, has helped me understand the text more and initially let the text do the work, so i can discover more things about it without coming into it with preconceived ideas that hinder discovery and creativity
I have struggled a bit with the vulnerability that this approach forces me into. Standing alone in neutral with nothing but text forces me to be about as vulnerable as I have ever felt onstage. I find this tremendously helpful, because Orpheus, as a character, requires an immense amount of vulnerability, especially in his letters to Eurydice. Building from nothing, has allowed me to keep the initial vulnerability I felt when I had nothing but words, and just add more human emotion and action which hopefully presents a realistic person.
I’m not sure if any of this makes sense in the way I’m saying it, but rehearsals are cool. I’m learning a lot, about myself and Orpheus and theatre and enjoying it at the same time.