Area residents in Emporia State production of aEUR~Eurydice'
2011 Nov 18Area residents are involved with the Emporia State University Theatre production of "Eurydice," a modern retelling of the classic ancient myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. The myth is the source of the famous C.W. Gluck Opera "OrphA(C)e et Eurydice" and the Jacques Offenbach operetta "Orpheus in the Underworld." In this version the myth is retold to us from Eurydice's perspective. Orpheus adored Eurydice but soon after they wed she died. Orpheus was so bereft that the gods took pity on him giving him the chance to rescue her from the Underworld aEUR" but only if he did so without glancing back at her. The play centers on Eurydice's choice to return to earth with Orpheus or to stay in Hades with her father, a character created by Ruhl. Ruhl made several changes to the original myth's storyline. The most noticeable of these changes was that in the myth Orpheus succumbed to his desires and looked back at Eurydice. In this version Eurydice calls out to Orpheus who looks back, causing Eurydice to remain in the land of the dead with her father. Those from this area in the production and their roles are: