JU assistant theater Prof. Deborah Jordan will be a guest on WJCT-FM 89.9 radio’s public affairs show, “First Coast Connect,” on Thursday, Oct. 24, to tout the upcoming JU production of “Eurydice.”
“First Coast Connect” begins at 9 a.m. To listen to the show on your computer, here’s the live stream site.
“Eurydice,” Sarah Ruhl’s imaginative retelling of the Orpheus myth from a female perspective, focuses on a dead bride’s struggle with love beyond the grave. The show begins Friday, Oct. 25, at JU’s Swisher Theater.
Jordan is directing “Eurydice”; JU Prof. Scott Watkins is composing original music for the show; Prof. Ben Wilson is the scenic and lighting designer; Sally Pettegrew is designing costumes; Brandon Lettow is technical director; and Katarina Howell is the stage manager.
Cast in the show are: Sydney Deal, Eurydice; Matt Robertson, Orpheus; Leonard Alterman, Father; Lexi Inks, Loud Stone; Ashley Jones, Little Stone; Wayne Woodson, Big Stone; Rachel Romo, Woman Understudy; Adam Keller, Man Understudy; and David Bilbray, Nasty Interesting Man/Lord of the Underworld.
To encourage the personal application of the story, a community art project will take place in the lobby, providing audience members an opportunity to attach their own letters to those they have lost. In “Eurydice,” letters that are passed between the world of the living and the dead play a prominent role.
Meanwhile, the Jacksonville University College of Fine Arts’ production of Eurydice, which begins this weekend, is among the top upcoming Jacksonville-area entertainment picks in this column by the Florida Times-Union’s Tracy Collins, aka Tracy Dot Com.
“This twist on the Orpheus myth of a broken-hearted musician hoping to bring back his dead bride with the romance of music is a sure winner,” Collins wrote.
The five performances of “Eurydice” at Swisher Theater on the JU campus are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3. JU alumni are encouraged to attend the Oct. 25 or Oct. 26 performance as part of Homecoming weekend festivities.
Tickets to the show are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and military, $5 for children and students with IDs, and free for JU students faculty and staff. For tickets, call (904) 256-7374; for other information about the show, call (904) 256-7677.
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