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Euridice opens Friday, July 20 from All The World's A Stage

Euridice opens Friday, July 20 from All The World's A Stage

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All the World’s a Stage Theatre Company in residence  at Hawai‘i Pacific University is excited to announce their upcoming production of Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl. The production will open on Friday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m. Subsequent performances will take place on July 21, 27, and 28 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, July 22 and 29 at 4:00 p.m. All performances will take place at the Paul and Vi Loo Theatre on the Hawai‘i Pacific University’s Hawai‘i Loa Campus in Kāne‘ohe.

The production stars Rachael Uyeno as Eurydice, Paul T. Mitri as her Father, Jeff Brackett as Orpheus, Dezmond Gilla as the Nasty Interesting Man/Lord of the Underworld, Therese Olival as the Loud Stone, Garrett Hols as the Big Stone, and Kela Neil as the Little Stone. Set Design and Lighting Design is by Christina Sutrov. Costume Design is by Annastasia Fiala-Watkins. The production is directed by Alex Munro.

The myth is well known: Orpheus, a talented musician, falls in love with the beautiful Eurydice. On their wedding day, Eurydice is bitten on the ankle by a snake and dies. Orpheus pours his grief into his music and the resulting lament moves the stones, the trees and, most importantly, the gods. He is permitted to enter the underworld to retrieve his beloved Eurydice, but on one condition: he cannot turn around to see her until they have both exited the gates of the underworld. As Orpheus approaches the gates, he is suddenly overwhelmed with doubt that Eurydice is truly behind him. He turns around and Eurydice, with a simple but sad “farewell,” is pulled back into the underworld for the rest of eternity.

Sarah Ruhl beautifully re-imagines this enduring story by centering the play on its heroine. Recently named one of the best plays of the past 25 years by the New York Times, Ruhl’s interpretation follows Eurydice after she dies on her wedding day. In the Underworld, Eurydice reconnects with her deceased Father, but the strands of memory that bind them together pull her farther away from the husband she left behind. With string houses, raining elevators, and talking stones, Ruhl poetically grapples with themes of love, loss, family, and saying goodbye. Eurydice powerfully captures the truth that memories – even the most painful ones – are what make us who we are and to forget ourselves is to forget how to be human.

This will be the first time that All the World’s a Stage has performed at Hawai‘i Pacific University and, for Paul Mitri, he hopes that it is the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship. The fact that he is producing Eurydice and performing as the Father is especially meaningful to him because it’s the swansong performance of Rachael Uyeno and Jeff Brackett, both multiple Po‘okela Award winners and, most importantly, his former students. “Working on Eurydice allows me to say goodbye to Rachael and Jeff before they set off to start their mainland careers. It’s also an opportunity to bring new talent to AWS.” The themes of Eurydice make this production special for Rachael. “As I am leaving the island soon, it was really important for me to do another show with Paul and Alex. They are my family as well as two of my favorite artistic collaborators and doing a show that deals with farewells seemed heart-achingly appropriate.” Jeff also sees Eurydice as a vehicle in which to say “farewell.” “Being able to work on Eurydice with those that I love and respect excites me endlessly. I can't imagine a finer final project before moving to NYC than one with love, memories, and moving on which are bittersweet but quintessential elements of this play and my current trajectory. I am honored and grateful to bring Orpheus to life!” For Alex Munro, directing Eurydice allows him to revisit a play he worked on in his undergraduate studies, where he played Orpheus. “Sarah Ruhl invites us, or rather, challenges us to let our imaginations run wild; it’s thrilling to work on this production from the other side of the stage, to ensure that this production isn’t a recreation of the past but something vital and specific for this community and time.” Therese Olival has worked with several of her cast members before in other productions, but this is her first time acting with AWS. “When AWS asked if I would be interested in being in this play, I jumped at the chance of working with these creative individuals again under the AWS banner for the first time. The play has a lot of space for open interpretation and this is a very creative gang assembled. I look forward to the finished story we weave.” Agreeing with Therese, Rachael notes that the show will “be unique, the kind of show you don’t always get a chance to see around here.”

Tickets are available through the AWS website at www.awstheatre.org. Ticket prices are $20 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors with valid ID. AWS is committed to keeping live theatre affordable for everyone. As with all AWS productions, there will be one “Pay What You Can” performance on Sunday, July 22 at 4:00 p.m. Tickets for the “Pay What You Can” are available at the door; reserve tickets for that performance will be at regular prices.

EVENT Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl

PRESENTED BY: All the World’s a Stage Theatre Company in residence at Hawai‘i Pacific University

WHEN: Friday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 22 at 4:00 p.m.* Friday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 29 at 4:00 p.m.

*“Pay What You Can” Performance

WHERE: Paul and Vi Loo Theatre

Hawai‘i Pacific University 45-045 Kamehameha Highway Kāne‘ohe, HI, 96744-5221 (HPU Hawai‘i Loa Campus)

TICKET PRICES: $20 General Admission

$10 Students/Seniors with Valid ID “Pay What You Can” on July 22 at 4:00 p.m. at door; reserved tickets at regular price

PURCHASE INFO: Advance Tickets available online at

www.awstheatre.org. For more information, please email info@awstheatre.org.

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