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Feb. 2, 2009
Contact: Charla Jenkins, University Theatre, (785) 864-2684.

University Theatre stages new look at Greek myth ‘Eurydice’

LAWRENCE — The University Theatre at the University of Kansas is staging Sarah Ruhl’s contemporary look at the Greek myth “Eurydice,” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9, 10, 11, 13 and 16; 5 p.m. Feb. 14; and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Inge Theatre in Murphy Hall.

The drama is directed by Chandra O. Hopkins, a doctoral student from Cornelia, Ga. The scenic and lighting designer is Elizabeth Banks, Sweetwater, Texas, graduate student; costume and make-up designer is Melanie McCoy, Lawrence junior; and sound designer is Boone J. Hopkins, Gainesville, Ga., doctoral student.

Hopkins said Ruhl’s play retells a tragic story from the perspective of Eurydice, Orpheus’ wife. The story, a cornerstone of western mythology, focuses on Eurydice’s choice whether to return to earth with Orpheus or to stay in Hades with her father.

Shortly after her marriage to the musician Orpheus, Eurydice is fatally bitten by a snake and sent to the underworld, leaving her young husband behind to grieve. Seducing Hades, the lord of the underworld, with his beautiful music, Orpheus strikes a deal allowing him to bring Eurydice back to life as long as Orpheus does not look back until they have left the underworld.

“Reimagining this classic text from the female point of view with contemporary characters and ingenious twists, Ruhl’s 2003 award-winning play is a truly original tale,” Hopkins said. “The play examines the permeable divide between life and death and our human need to connect to those we have loved and lost. Eurydice’s conflict explores the larger question of what makes all of us human.”

General admission tickets for “Eurydice” are on sale in the KU ticket offices: University Theatre, 864-3982; Lied Center, 864-ARTS; and Student Union Activities, 864-7469, or online at www.kutheatre.com. Tickets are $12 for the public, $10 for students and $11 for senior citizens and KU faculty and staff. All major credit cards are accepted for phone and online orders.

Members of the cast for the KU production are listed by name, major and level in school, parents’ names, high school and role:

BARTON COUNTY
From Hoisington 67544
Jacquelyn Koester, sophomore theatre and Spanish major, daughter of Richard and Pamela Koester; Hoisington High School; Little Stone.

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence 66046 and Rochester, Minn.
Spencer Sassaman Lott, junior theatre major, son of Hunter and Nancy Lott of Rochester, Minn.; Lawrence Free State High School; Orpheus.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Olathe 66062
Mackenzie Wiglesworth, senior theatre major, daughter of Russ and Carol Wiglesworth; Olathe East High School; Eurydice.

From Overland Park 66223
Christopher McGillivray, junior theatre major, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul McGillivray; Blue Valley High School, Stilwell; Eurydice’s Father.

SHAWNEE COUNTY
From Topeka 66604
Spencer Holdren, senior theatre major, son of James and Teresa Turnbull; Topeka High School; A Nasty Interesting Man and the Lord of the Underworld.

From Topeka 66614
Alyson Cripps, senior theatre and film major, daughter of Judy and Bryce Cripps; Topeka West High School; Big Stone.

MINNESOTA
From Rochester 55906 and Lawrence, Kan.
Spencer Sassaman Lott. See DOUGLAS COUNTY

NORTH DAKOTA
From Fargo 58102
Amy Virginia Buchanan, senior theatre major, daughter of David and Cindy Buchanan, Stillwater High School, Stillwater, Okla.; Loud Stone.

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