CSU Theatre to Stage Comedic Tale of Love and Grief

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Talking stones, the “Lord of the Underworld” and the rediscovery of a father-daughter relationship are part of the comedic story of love and loss in Eurydice, a Columbus State University Theatre production Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 3-6 in the CSU Theatre on the Park Studio. Eurydice

Written by Sarah Ruhl, Eurydice is a retelling of the classic Greek myth of Orpheus from the perspective of the heroine, Eurydice. The plot and setting are, for the most part, the same, except Ruhl’s play follows and emphasizes Eurydice’s time in the underworld, especially her reuniting with her father.

The story focuses on Eurydice (played by Abby Blankenship) and her choice to either return to earth with Orpheus (played by Nikolaus Carleo) or stay in Hades with her father (played by Solomon Gatlin, a character created by Ruhl). Eurydice’s struggle between losing her father again and fearing to reunite with her husband drive this emotionally charged tale to its familiar end.

“The play, I feel, is about dealing with loss and grief. It sounds very serious and dark, but it is very whimsical,” said director Becky Becker. “Eurydice is very much a comedy.” 

Becker, an associate professor of theatre, said the play also is more than just a tragedy. “It’s a hopeful play of healing, especially for people who have lost loved ones,” she said. “The play has a unique way of extending the theme of healing to the audience, as we see through Eurydice’s renewed relationship with her father.”

As Ruhl retells the Greek myth from a new perspective, a comedic trip into love, loss and grief is what the play serves up.

“Audiences should be surprised and delighted by some of the things in the show,” Becker said.

On Saturday evening, the Department of Theatre will serve a pre-show dinner at 6 p.m. The menu includes Caesar salad, delta chicken breast with alfredo sauce, tricolor cheese tortellini alfredo, Tuscan orzo, seasoned green beans, warm rolls with butter, fresh berry zabaglione and iced tea, water, coffee and wine. The buffet is $25 per person, with a reservation before 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2 by calling Cameron Bean at 706-507-8415. The price of the dinner is separate from admission to the show.

Curtain times for Eurydice are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, plus 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission for adults is $17; $15 for seniors, children, active military and CSU alumni; and free for CSU faculty and staff (limit two) and students (limit one). Contact the box office at 706-507-8444.