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Pendragon Theatre Presents 'Eurydice' at SUNY Plattsburgh

Eurydice photo PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Sept. 1, 2010) – The SUNY Plattsburgh Department of Theatre will present a Pendragon Theatre production of "Eurydice" on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hartman Theatre, Myers Fine Arts Building."Eurydice," written by contemporary playwright Sarah Ruhl, revisits the Orpheus myth through the eyes of its heroine. The show is the playwright's posthumous love letter to her own father. Pendragon Theatre of Saranac Lake chose this play as part of its 2010 repertory season and in celebration of its 30th anniversary.

Eurydice photoDr. Karen Kirkham of Dickinson College will direct the Pendragon cast through this bittersweet journey. Actors include SUNY Plattsburgh Department of Theatre alumnus Tyler Nye and faculty member Laura Jean Schwartau-Swanson, as well as Leslie Dame, Donna Moschek, Brandon Patterson, Clare Paulson and Bob Pettee.

Kirkham has created a movement landscape inspired by Butoh dance. Her colleague, Dr. Robert Pound, has composed music specifically for Pendragon's production. The set, by New York designer Tijana Bjelajac, was created to reflect the story's theatrical nature and incorporates an elevator in which it rains, a room of string in a surreal underworld, and a symbolic Lethe, the river of forgetfulness.

A theater review by Charles Isherwood of The New York Times described Ruhl's "Eurydice" as "rhapsodically beautiful – an inexpressibly moving theatrical fable about love, loss and the pleasures and pains of memory … 'Eurydice' movingly suggests that commemorating life, its pleasures and problems, its transience and pain, is the only way to triumph over death and loss."

Tickets will be sold at the door. Prices are $10 for general admission; $8 for seniors, students, SUNY Plattsburgh faculty and staff; and $2 for SUNY Plattsburgh students. For more information, please call the SUNY Plattsburgh Performing Arts Information Line at 518-564-2283.


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