Old Academy Players to perform ‘Eurydice’
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.
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.