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EURYDICE – By Sarah Ruhl

February 5-8 at 7:30 p.m.

February 8 & 9 at 2 p.m.

William Allman Theater

Kleist Center for Arts and Drama

95 East Bagley Road, Berea

Tickets: 440-826-2240 

General Admission: $10, Seniors/Students: $5

Into the Underworld: BW Presents EURYDICE

Baldwin Wallace University dives into the 2014 performance season with EURYDICE, guest directed by Sara Bruner.

Written by Sarah Ruhl, EURYDICE brings the classic myth of Orpheus to life through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love.

EURYDICE will run February 5-8 at 7:30 p.m. and February 8 and 9 at 2 p.m. in the William Allman Theater at the Kleist Center for Art and Drama, 95 East Bagley Road in Berea. To purchase tickets, please visit the box office at Kleist Center or call 440-826-2240.

Contemporary Themes within Classical Roots

Ruhl's script takes the classic story of Orpheus and rewrites it from Eurydice's point of view, blending contemporary themes within the classical roots. The majority of the play, set in the underworld, provides a surreal and imaginary world for the audience to explore. This world has its own set of rules enhanced by special movement and its own unique soundscape.

In EURYDICE, the heroine reunites with her father in the underworld. Director Sara Bruner noted, "Ruhl’s own father’s passing had an effect on Ruhl’s creation of the script. Ruhl creates a distinctive and important father-daughter relationship that sheds new light on Eurydice as a character."

Eurydice's father will be played by BW professor, Adam Heffernan. Casting Heffernan is providing new learning experiences for the students.

Key Contributors

Director Sara Bruner is an Artistic Associate of Great Lakes Theater. Recent acting roles include Mrs. Lovett in SWEENEY TODD and Queen Elizabeth in RICHARD III at GLT. Bruner has adapted and directed many Shakespeare plays for the Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s educational outreach tour.

Adam Heffernan, portraying Eurydice’s Father, is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at BW and teaches acting, Shakespeare, and voice. He has worked in film, television, and theatre across the country.

Sound designer, Matt Webb '08, will be creating a unique soundscape throughout the entire play. Webb was the Music Director at Great Lakes Theatre and is currently the Music Director for the acclaimed corporate entertainment group, The Water Coolers.

Sara Whale will be choreographing movement throughout EURYDICE. Whale attended Julliard School before joining Ram Island Dance and the Maine State Ballet where she performed, taught and choreographed for both companies. Whale has also been invited to create a world premiere work for Verb Ballets, where she is also on staff.

EURYDICE is costumed by Charlotte Yetman who is BW's resident costume designer. Recent designs for BW include FOLLIES, THE SEAGULL and TURN OF THE SCREW. Yetman’s professional credits include SWEENEY TODD, CABARET, and INTO THE WOODS for Great Lakes Theater.

Jeff Herrmann, BW Professor of Theatre and resident scenic and lighting designer for the theatre program, is handling both the lighting and scenic design. His production design work for BW has included RENT, LA BOHEME, FOLLIES, and NOISES OFF.

Posted January 2014

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