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Dec. 1-10: ‘Eurydice’ a modern retelling of Orpheus myth

eurydice-webPULLMAN, Wash. – “Eurydice,” a playful but emotionally resonant dramatic comedy, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, 3, 8 and 9 and 2 p.m. Dec. 3 and 10 at Washington State University’s Wadleigh Theatre. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists and breathtaking visual effects, it offers a fresh look at a timeless love story.

General admission seating is $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 non-WSU students and youth and free for WSU students. Tickets may be purchased in advance online at as well as locally at the Brelsford WSU Visitor Center in Pullman (payment by cash/check only) and at BookPeople of Moscow, Idaho. Additional fees apply to online ticket sales; free WSU student tickets require valid ID and cannot be ordered online.

WSU student Aryn Allen, as Eurydice, and Steve Wesner, as her father, rehearse at WSU. (Photo courtesy of WSU Performing Arts)

Playwright Sarah Ruhl has taken the classical Greek myth of Orpheus – the gifted musician who pleaded for his wife’s release from death’s underworld – and reimagined it through the eyes of a modern-day Eurydice. The New York Times called it an “inexpressibly moving theatrical fable about love, loss and the pleasures and pains of memory.”

“I fell in love with this wonderfully weird script the first time I read it,” said director Mary Trotter, WSU Performing Arts ( “Its quirky, fantastical nature makes it so original and open to interpretation. I love the artistic risks it allows the actors, director and designers to take.”

Although Ruhl uses Greek mythology as the starting point for her tale, “‘Eurydice’ really is its own story about a woman’s journey to find her place in the world – or underworld, as it may be,” said Trotter.

The WSU Performing Arts production stars Aryn Allen as the title character, Steve Wesner as her father and Karl Moore as Orpheus. WSUPA Black Box Classics is an annual program that stages timeless and beloved plays in Wadleigh Theatre, an intimate “black box” theater that brings the audience closer to the story played out before them. “Eurydice” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.


News media contact:
Gail Siegel, WSU Performing Arts, 509-335-8522,


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