Old Academy Play­ers to per­form ‘Eury­dice’

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EAST FALLS >> The Old Academy Play­ers will con­tinue their 96th sea­son by pre­sent­ing “Eury­dice” by Sarah Ruhl.

This dra­matic com­edy, Old Academy’s 516th pro­duc­tion, is di­rected by Jane Jen­nings and pro­duced by Jen­nifer Sivers/Roberts and Michael Roberts.

“Eury­dice” is a mod­ern retelling of the Greek myth of Or­pheus and Eury­dice from the per­spec­tive of Eury­dice. When Eury­dice dies trag­i­cally, Or­pheus sets out to find her in the Un­der­world and bring her back. How­ever, in the Un­der­world, she has been re­u­nited with her dead fa­ther and is torn be­tween leav­ing him and re­turn­ing to life with Or­pheus. The play is a whim­si­cal med­i­ta­tion on love and grief.

The play had its world pre­miere at Madi­son Reper­tory The­atre, Madi­son, Wisc., in Septem­ber 2003. The play opened off-Broad­way in 2007 and re­ceived sev­eral award nom­i­na­tions, in­clud­ing the 2008 Drama League Award, Dis­tin­guished Pro­duc­tion of a Play and the 2008 Drama Desk Award, Out­stand­ing Set De­sign of a Play.

Ruhl is a two-time Pulitzer Prize fi­nal­ist and a Tony Award nom­i­nee. Her plays have been pro­duced re­gion­ally all over the coun­try and have also been pro­duced in­ter­na­tion­ally and trans­lated into over 12 lan­guages. Ruhl has re­ceived the Stein­berg Dis­tin­guished Play­wright Award, the Su­san Smith Black­burn Award, the Whit­ing Award, the Lilly Award, a PEN award for mid-ca­reer play­wrights and the MacArthur “Ge­nius” Award. She teaches at the Yale School of Drama and lives in Brook­lyn with her fam­ily.

Show dates will be Nov. 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18. Fri­day and Satur­day per­for­mances will be at 8 p.m., while Sun­day per­for­mances will be at 2 p.m.

Park­ing for all per­for­mances is free. Ticket price is $20 per per­son and can be pur­chased at olda­cade­my­play­ers.org.

SUb­Mit­ted PhOtO — Old aCadeMY PlaY­eRs

Old academy Play­ers will stage “eury­dice” start­ing nov. 2. Pict­u­are are cast mem­bers, back row from left: natalie Pen­der­gast, Michael Jef­frey Co­hen and natalie bonacci; cen­ter row from left: Michael tar­ringer, sa­man­tha simp­son and Matthew thomp­son; and front row: ti­mothy schu­mann.

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