EURYDICE

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A luminous retelling of the Orpheus myth through the eyes of its heroine, Eurydice.

Eurydice and Orpheus are in love; life is as beautiful as nature dreamt it. But there is a Nasty Interesting Man who has been watching Eurydice. And he has something she wants.

Touching, inventive and magical, Eurydice is a surprising retelling of the ancient myth of Orpheus, focusing not on the mourning musician but on his lost bride – and on her struggle with love and memory beyond the grave as both wife and daughter.

Lured into death on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the Underworld, where she is reunited with her father and finds herself struggling to remember her husband. With contemporary, whimsical characters and a modern exploration of love, loss, longing and the pleasures and pains of memory, Sarah Ruhl’s play is brought to life by a compelling cast.

Red Stitch ensemble member, Ngaire Dawn Fair – currently receiving rave reviews as Rose in Red Stitch’s production of The Flick – will portray Eurydice

“The simplicity and lightness of touch in Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice is a rare gem and stylistically it is an unusual choice for Red Stitch. We were excited about the challenges of creating a heightened, fantastical world but what really captured our hearts was the raw emotional reality of the piece,” Fair said.

She will be joined by fellow Red Stitch ensemble members Johnathan Peck as Orpheus, Olga Makeeva as Loud Stone, Dion Mills as a Nasty Interesting Man and Lord of the Underworld, and guest actors Alexandra Aldrich as Small Stone, Sam Duncan as Big Stone (both making their debut with Red Stitch) and Alex Menglet as Eurydice’s Father.

Dates: Friday 5 September – Saturday 5 October
Venue: Red Stitch Actors Theatre, Rear 2 Chapel St, St Kilda
(03) 9533 8083 or www.redstitch.net

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