From the Media Release:
EURYDICE INVITES AUDIENCES INTO A DREAMLIKE EXPLORATION OF REMEMBERING AND FORGETTING
“I was really drawn to the poetic language of this play,” said the director, Saskia Bakker, a UHS senior with plans to pursue aTheatre Direction major in college. “There’s also a suspension of disbelief involved, exploring ‘What is reality,’ and ‘How far canwe push that edge for the audience?’”
Symbolic themes of water, string, and letters in envelopes are woven throughout the production, which features a set thatBakker said is more “dreamlike and ethereal” than what people typically associate with the underworld, or hell.
“The way death is presented in the play is different—the bad thing about death isn’t dying, it’s forgetting. The story looks at whatyou know, what you’ve forgotten, and how you can remember,” Bakker said.
The play is being performed and produced by students in the UHS Acting Class, which was offered for the first time thissemester. Tim Broeker, the Director of Theatre and an English teacher at UHS, said the class offers an opportunity to dodifferent types of theatre.
“We’re able to push the envelope and be more experimental in the acting class than we are during our regular theatre season,”Broeker said. “That means doing more experimental shows and also trying new things like the non-conventional staging we’redoing for Eurydice. I’ve always wanted to do that.” The audience will be seated on the stage itself for a more intimate theatreexperience, similar to a “black box theatre” setting, he explained.
Both Broeker and Bakker said the 12 students in the class—some who didn’t have previous acting experience—have reallyresponded to their roles in this unconventional play.
“These students really bring new life and ideas to this play,” Bakker said. “Because this is a class and some people are new totheatre, we’re having conversations and asking questions that we wouldn’t otherwise have.”
Eurydice will be performed two nights only: at 7:00 pm Thursday and Friday, March 8 and 9, in the Urbana High School CobbAuditorium, 1002 S. Race Street. All tickets are $5 each. Because seating (all on stage) is limited, Broeker recommends that youreserve your seats by emailing him (email@example.com), then pay when you pick your tickets up at the box office before theshow. Tickets might also be available at the door if the shows haven’t sold out. The box office opens 30 minutes prior to eachperformance.
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