Take a journey into the underworld through the NIU School of Theatre and Dance production of “Eurydice,” a retelling of the Greek myth about Orpheus and his wife. According to director Stanton Davis, the story is “a legend that speaks to the sorrow and joy of people today.” This production will open on March 30 and run through April 8 at Huntley Middle School Auditorium, 1515 S. Fourth St., DeKalb.
Written by Sarah Ruhl and first performed in 2003, the play tells the story of Eurydice, who falls to her death on her wedding day. Through this turn of events, she reunites with her father in the underworld, and he reteaches her everything she has forgotten due to her death. She is ultimately confronted with the choice of having to return to the world of the living to be with husband-to-be Orpheus or to stay in the land of the dead with her father.
“Eurydice” is a unique retelling because it tells the story through the eyes of the heroine. The story is not only about the love between wife and husband, but also about the love between father and daughter. “This is about those unresolved relationships from people who left too soon,” says Davis. “By applying it to a Greek myth, it makes it more universal and relatable.”
Performances are held at Huntley Middle School’s main auditorium, 1515 S. Fourth St., DeKalb. The shows start at 7:30 p.m. from Thursday through Saturday, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Sunday and on the second Saturday (April 8). Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and $9 for students. Ticket reservations and additional information are available through the NIU School of Theatre and Dance Box Office online or by calling 815-753-1600.