In “Eurydice,” Orpheus travels through hell and back for his bride.
The LAB! Theatre is putting a quirky spin on the ancient myth, transforming it into a tale of the power of love and memory.
Nathaniel Claridad, director for the show, said he is eagerly awaiting tonight’s premiere to see the audience’s reaction to Sarah Ruhl’s “Eurydice.”
“I promise it is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before,” he said. “Those who love it will really love it.”
The classic Greek myth tells the tale of young lovers Orpheus and Eurydice.
After Eurydice, a nymph, tragically dies, Orpheus ventures to the underworld to retrieve her. Hades tells Orpheus that he must never look back to make sure Eurydice is following, or she will be trapped in the underworld forever.
Ruhl’s play, which premiered in 2003, takes the bare bones of the classic tale and gives it a modern twist, Claridad said.
“It’s not very commercial,” he said. “It’s a little art-indie show.”
Claridad said this rendition focuses more on the relationship between Eurydice and her father, who is also in the underworld.