The Mary Baldwin University theatre season returns this month with Eurydice — an adaptation of the story about fateful lovers from Greek mythology — written by Tony Award Nominee Sarah Ruhl. Director Doreen Bechtol, assistant professor of Shakespeare and Performance at Mary Baldwin, brings language to life with her extensive background in movement training and dance. Eurydice runs 7:30 p.m. February 17–20 and 2 p.m. February 21.
Set in a dream-like world of poetry, the play explores the other side of Orpheus and Eurydice’s famous love story. Follow Eurydice into a strange stone underworld where she reunites with her long-lost father. These moments of heartwarming reconciliation are intercut with scenes from the upper world, where Orpheus struggles with his grief, determined to find Eurydice again.
The title character of Eurydice is played by Mary Baldwin undergraduate Layla Teears, with well-known local theatre artist Thadd McQuade as her father. Will Campbell returns to the Mary Baldwin stage as the musician Orpheus, along with first year MLitt student Chad Marriott playing The Nasty Interesting Man. Stones in the underworld are played by Myra Diehl, Jasmine Duran, Melissa Fulton, Emily Hurst, Kim Greenawalt, Marianna Moynihan, Elizabeth Van Doren, Lydia Wossum-Fisher, and Mary Ruth Wossum-Fisher. Sarah Wykowski portrays the mysterious Bellhop.
All shows will run in the Fletcher Collins Theatre in Murphy Deming Fine Arts Center at Mary Baldwin University. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. February 17–20 and at 2 p.m. February 21. Tickets are available by calling 540-887-7189 or online. Single show tickets are $12 for adults; $7 for students, faculty, and seniors.
For more information, contact Terry Southerington, 540-887-7192.