Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Or bid the soul of Orpheus sing
Such notes as, warbled to the string,
Drew iron tears down Pluto’s cheek.
-John Milton

An interesting compare and contrast opportunity is available this fall. Yale Repertory Theatre is presenting a new Sarah Ruhl play. (She of The Clean House fame.) The new project is entitled Eurydice.

Take a look at the marketing blurb:

In Eurydice, Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus and Eurydice through the eyes of its heroine as she journeys to the underworld and struggles to retain her memories of her lost love. With contemporary characters, ingenious twists of plot, and breathtaking visual effects, this award-winning play is
truly an original tale.

Last Spring, The ART presented the world premiere of Orpheus X by Rinde Eckert. Here was the blurb they presented:

composer and performer Rinde Eckert and director Robert Woodruff are joining forces to create another world premiere - A new riff on the ancient myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. The famous singer Orpheus has locked himself up in his recording studio, where he dreams of rescuing the poet Eurydice from the underworld. Eurydice, meanwhile, is welcomed to the afterlife by the Queen of the Dead, who offers her something she could never have in the world above.

The ART production was also heavy on visual imagery.

The Orpheus legend has inspired many artists of all disciplines. Perhaps it is a way of sidestepping the proclivity artists have about making art specifically about artists.

We haven't seen a production of Ruhl play in the Boston Area yet, despite her association with the Brown University program. (Trinity Rep will be doing The Clean House in April 2007.)

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