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‘Eurydice’ Offers a Fresh Look at a Timeless Love Story

“Finding the delicate balance between comedy and pathos has been the biggest challenge in staging this play. It can be a deeply unsettling play at times, yet its spirit is also filled with buoyancy.”— Stephen Harrick, guest director.

EurydiceAmerican playwright Sarah Ruhl reimagines the traditional Greek myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine in “Eurydice.” Her play, filled with dark humor, wit and drama, received its world premiere in 2003.

Alma College Theatre will perform Ruhl’s rendition at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, Friday, Feb. 15 and Saturday, Feb. 16 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 in the Remick Heritage Center, Strosacker Theatre, at Alma College.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and up, and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.

“The script involves a marriage proposal, a wedding with a reception, singing, dancing and lots of joy and love,” says guest director Stephen Harrick of Central Michigan University. “Yet, most of the play takes place in the Underworld, a place that is far from light and cheery. Ultimately, the play is about the persistence of love and the pain of remembering.

“Finding the delicate balance between comedy and pathos has been the biggest challenge in staging this play,” says Harrick. “It can be a deeply unsettling play at times, yet its spirit is also filled with buoyancy.”

Aaron Krause, a 2018 Alma College alumnus, will perform live music throughout the performances.

“With one of the characters being a musician, I knew that having live music would be preferable to pre-recorded,” says Harrick. “After meeting with Aaron and listening to some of his original compositions, I could tell he would be a good fit for this play.

“I am thrilled to be directing this play,” says Harrick. “It has been on my list of plays to direct for a long time, and Alma College is the perfect place to finally tackle the script.”

Student actors include:

  • Merek Alam, Davison junior
  • Jacob Bendele, St. Johns junior
  • Rachel Blome, Indian River junior
  • Lauren Dempz, Berlin first-year student
  • James Ewald, Flushing senior
  • Lexy Maas, Olivet first-year student
  • Kayla Schmitz, Breckenridge sophomore
Story published on January 31, 2019