SARAH RUHL’S EURYDICE
SARAH RUHL’S EURYDICE
Cultural Center of the Philippines and Tanghalang Pilipino
February 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 2017
March 3, 4, 5, 2017
Fridays at 8:00PM
Saturdays at 3:00PM & 8:00PM
Sundays at 3:00PM
Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino
(CCP Little Theater)
An inventive and devastating take of Sarah Ruhl on the classic myth of Orpheus and Eurydice as adapted to Filipino by Guelan Luarca. Acclaimed director and stage designer Loy Arcenas directs a brilliant cast composed of Audie Gemora, Juliene Mendoza, Alfritz Blanche and the Tanghalang Pilipino Actors Company (Jonathan Tadioan, Marco Viaña, Antonette Go, Doray Dayao, JV Ibesate, Aldo Vencilao, Joshua Tayco, Ybes Bagadiong, Blanche Buhia, Eunice Pacia, Monique Nellas) and Lhorvie Ann Nuevo for the title role.
Also part of the artistic team are Barbara Tan-Tiongco for lights design and technical direction, Teresa Barrozo for music and sound design, and James Reyes for costume design.
Be mesmerized and transported to the underworld as you watch the play tackle universal themes of love, life and loyalty!
Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice retells the myth of Orpheus from the perspective of Eurydice, his wife. The play consists of three movements, divided into numerous scenes. 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 re-entering the world of the living and perhaps as a result of her desire to remain in the land of the dead with her father.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
Sarah Ruhl’s plays include For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday, The Oldest Boy, In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, The Clean House, Passion Play, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Melancholy Play; Eurydice; Orlando, Late: a Cowboy song, Dear Elizabeth and Stage Kiss. She has been a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and a Tony award nominee. Her plays have been produced on Broadway at the Lyceum by Lincoln Center Theater, off-Broadway at Playwrights’ Horizons, Second Stage, and at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi Newhouse Theater. They have also been produced regionally all over the country, often with premiers at Yale Repertory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theater, the Goodman Theater, and the Piven Theatre Workshop in Chicago. Her plays have also been produced internationally and have been translated into over twelve languages. Originally from Chicago, Ms. Ruhl received her M.F.A. from Brown University where she studied with Paula Vogel. She has received the Susan Smith Blackburn award, the Whiting award, the Lily Award, a PEN award for mid-career playwrights, and the MacArthur "genius" award. Her book of essays 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write was published by Faber and Faber last fall and named a Times notable book of the year. You can read more about her work on www.SarahRuhlplaywright.com. She teaches at the Yale School of Drama, and she lives in Brooklyn with her family.
"Rhapsodically beautiful. A weird and wonderful new play" - an inexpressibly moving theatrical fable about love, loss and the pleasures and pains of memory. - The New York Times
"Exhilarating!! A luminous retelling of the Orpheus myth, lush and limpid as a dream where both author and audience swim in the magical, sometimes menacing, and always thrilling flow of the unconscious." - The New Yorker
"Exquisitely staged by Les Waters and an inventive design team... Ruhl's wild flights of imagination, some deeply affecting passages and beautiful imagery provide transporting pleasures. They conspire to create original, at times breathtaking, stage pictures." - Variety
"Touching, inventive, invigoratingly compact and luminously liquid in its rhythms and design, "Eurydice" reframes the ancient myth of ill-fated love to focus not on the bereaved musician but on his dead bride -- and on her struggle with love beyond the grave as both wife and daughter."
Ticket Prices: P1,500 | 1,000
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20% off for senior citizens, government and military employees, and PWD.
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