“Eurydice” Moves Audience


Michael Manny

The set of the Underworld.

Sarah Ruhl’s “Eurydice” was the latest production by Glendale Community College theatre, directed by Lesley Tutnick-Machbitz.

One of the most unique parts of the show is that the audience was seated on stage, rather than in the house.

The play tells the story of Eurydice and her husband Orpheus the musician. Eurydice finds herself in the underworld, after perishing from a snakebite on her wedding day.

Once in the underworld, Eurydice reunites with her previously dead father, but unfortunately loses her memory of Orpheus and the ability to read and speak human language. Orpheus attempts to resurrect Eurydice from the underworld, and tries to find a melody to communicate with her.

Eurydice’s father recounts stories about himself and the rest of Eurydice’s family to help her regain her memories.

All of the relationships in the show were well developed, but one that stood out the most was between Eurydice and her father, played by Clara Bentz and Angel Lopez. The relationship between father and child was very believable and one that the audience could connect with.

The three stones, played by Nelson Pingitore, Teya Stone and Isaac Salazar, attracted attention with their humor. The stones acted as a chorus and introduced the underworld, while also mixing in some funny moments.

The two-story set was beautiful, and the light projections and sound design were also immersive.

Overall, “Eurydice” is a moving story about love and loss that made an enjoyable show.