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Eurydice is a play by Sarah Ruhl which retells the myth of Orpheus from the perspective of Eurydice , his wife. The story focuses on Eurydice's choice to return to earth with Orpheus or to stay in the underworld with her father a character created by Ruhl.
Ruhl made several changes to the original myth's story-line. The most noticeable of these changes was that in the myth Orpheus succumbs to his desires and looks back at Eurydice, while in Ruhl's version Eurydice calls out to Orpheus causing him to look back perhaps in part because of her fear of reentering the world of the living and perhaps as a result of her desire to remain in the land of the dead with her father.
Ruhl's script has been explicitly written so as to be a playground for the designer of the sets. The play was the basis for an opera, Eurydice , which premiered in The play consists of three movements, divided into numerous scenes: 7 in the first movement, 20 in the second movement, and 3 in the third movement.
The play begins with Eurydice and Orpheus, two young lovers, who are about to get married. In the underworld , Eurydice's dead father has managed to preserve his memory and his ability to read and write, and tries to send her letters. During the wedding, Eurydice goes outside to get a drink of water and she meets a man the "Nasty Interesting Man" who tells her he has a letter from her father.
Eurydice decides to go to his apartment to retrieve the letter, but as she leaves his apartment after resisting the man's attempts to seduce her, she trips and falls to her death on the stairs. At the beginning of the second movement, there is no set change, but "the movement to the underworld is marked by the entrance of stones":  [ incomplete short citation ] Little Stone, Big Stone, and Loud Stone, who serve as a chorus.
Eurydice enters the underworld through an elevator, inside which it is raining. Upon arrival, she meets her father, who tries to reteach Eurydice about her past since she has lost her memory after being dipped in the river Lethe.
The Stones try unsuccessfully to stop them, because the dead are not allowed to remember their past or speak in human language.
Rooms are also not allowed in the underworld, but Eurydice's father creates one for her out of pieces of string. He gradually re-teaches her human language and her past. While the father is away at work, the lord of the underworld enters as a child riding a tricycle and attempts to seduce Eurydice, but fails.
Meanwhile, in the land of the living, Orpheus writes a letter to Eurydice, which her father delivers and reads to her.
Orpheus also sends her a copy of the Complete Works of Shakespeare by attaching it to a piece of string, and Eurydice's father reads to her from King Lear. Orpheus sends another letter, and then resolves to go to the underworld himself to find her. In the third movement, Orpheus arrives at the gates of the underworld, singing a song so powerful it makes the Stones weep.
The lord of the underworld tells him that he may take Eurydice back, but only if he does not turn around to look at her. Eurydice is then faced with the decision to either stay with her father or go back with her husband. At her father's insistence, she follows Orpheus. But as she catches up to him, she calls out his name, and he turns to look at her, causing her to die a second death. Meanwhile, her father has decided that he wants to forget everything, and dips himself in the river again.
When Eurydice returns, her father is lying silent on the ground, having lost all of his language and memory forever. As Eurydice mourns her father, the lord of the underworld returns, having grown from a child to superhuman height.
He orders her to be his bride. Eurydice pens a letter to Orpheus and his next wife, then immerses herself in the river and lies down in forgetfulness. Finally, Orpheus too enters from the elevator, having truly died this time. He finds Eurydice's letter to him, but because he has been dipped in the river, he cannot read it.
Ruhl adapted the play into the libretto for an opera, Eurydice by Matthew Aucoin , which premiered at the Los Angeles Opera on February 1, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Beginning Sept. Performances Magazine. Orpheus and Eurydice. Eurydice Orpheus. Sir Orfeo c. Landscape with Orpheus and Eurydice Poem Strip. Orpheus Chaconne Hidden categories: Webarchive template wayback links Harv and Sfn no-target errors All articles with incomplete citations Articles with incomplete citations from February Namespaces Article Talk.
Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl: The Power of Pretense
Eurydice is a play by Sarah Ruhl which retells the myth of Orpheus from the perspective of Eurydice , his wife. The story focuses on Eurydice's choice to return to earth with Orpheus or to stay in the underworld with her father a character created by Ruhl. Ruhl made several changes to the original myth's story-line. The most noticeable of these changes was that in the myth Orpheus succumbs to his desires and looks back at Eurydice, while in Ruhl's version Eurydice calls out to Orpheus causing him to look back perhaps in part because of her fear of reentering the world of the living and perhaps as a result of her desire to remain in the land of the dead with her father.
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Eurydice and Orpheus should be played as though they are a little too young and a little too in love. The underworld should resemble the world of Alice in Wonderland more than it resembles Hades. It can be interesting to see if other people—like dead people who wrote books—agree or disagree with what you think. It had very interesting arguments. I thought it should be right or wrong. It will be imprinted on my heart like wax.