NAU Theatre presents ‘Eurydice,’ a tale of love and loss


The Northern Arizona University Department of Theatre presents “Eurydice,” a postmodern retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. The production, which runs from Feb. 21 to March 1, is written by award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl.

“Eurydice” tells the story of love and the loss of love as Eurydice is torn between the romantic, idealized love she has with Orpheus and the nostalgic and familial love she has with her father.

“This play is simple in its plot yet theatrical in its storytelling,” said theatre professor and director Nathaniel Johnson. “Ruhl wrote the play to be quite spectacular, so a lot of attention will be paid not only to the storytelling but to the overall visual and aural experience.”

Students are involved in all aspects of the play from acting, to stage management, to the design elements, and they are being challenged by the production.

“Working on this play, students are given the opportunity to explore a postmodern, magical reimagining of a classic Greek myth,” Johnson said. “Additionally, with the incorporation of Greek masks in this production, students will learn how to build Greek masks as well as how to work with them.”

“Eurydice” opens Feb. 21 and runs through March 1 in the Clifford E. White Theater. Tickets are $8 for youth 17 and younger, $12 for seniors, faculty and staff and $15 for adults. Tickets can be purchased online, by calling (928) 523-5661, or in person at the Central Ticket Office. For more information, visit the theatre department website.