By TIM SHELLBERG
Mark Baer, director of Indiana University Northwest’s Theatre Northwest’s production of “Eurydice,” expects many attendees of their play to relate to the struggle forced upon the play’s central character.
“Eurydice is forced to choose between the love of her life and the love of her father,” he said. “I think, in a way, there is that choice made by every young woman as they grow up and become less of their father’s daughter and more of their husband’s wife.”
Opening Nov. 1 and running through Nov. 11 at IUN’s Theatre Northwest in their Arts on Grant, “Eurydice” is an ancient Greek myth which tells the tale of its title character, who dies and transitions to on the day she is set to marry her true love, Orpheus, who is considered the greatest musician on the planet. She reconciles with her father in the underworld and must make a choice between her father and Orpheus.
Wilmette-reared playwright Sarah Ruhl, who penned the 2009 Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-nominated “In The Next Room” and acclaimed plays such as “Passion Play” and “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” adapted “Eurydice” for modern times in 2002.
“Sarah lost her father very early in life, and she came to her wedding day and didn’t have a father to walk her down the aisle,” Baer said. “She was wanting to write about that, to share the experiences of lost memories that she feels she had, the moments, the conversations that never got to happen, the times she missed her father. She took the myth and retold it in a way that shared her personal story of missing her father.”
Amanda Tomczak from Griffith plays Eurydice in Theatre Northwest’s production of the play, with Avery Malerich, also from Griffith, playing Orpheus. They are joined onstage by Hammond’s Mario Dongu as Eurydice’s father and Scott Fowler III, also from Hammond, as the Lord of the Underworld.
Reservations for “Eurydice” at Arts on Grant are strongly recommended.
“For this show, we will seat only 66 audience members per night, and we will seat them in a way where no audience member is father than 15 feet away from the stage,” Baer said. “We’re trying to create an intense, emotional experience for our audience.”