Sarah Ruhl's play Eurydice, directed by Dan Rairdin-Hale, opened the last weekend in February on Galvin's mainstage.
The play is based on the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, two young lovers separated by Eurydice's untimely death. In Ruhl's adaptation, Eurydice meets her deceased father in the Underworld, relearning the language of the living after having lost much of her knowledge in the transfer to the afterlife. Orpheus seeks to save his beloved, meeting the Lord of the Underworld in the process.
Ruhl's aunt and uncle, Ana and Joe Kehoe, attended Friday night and said they were very impressed with the production. Following the show, they said Ruhl would have been proud of the way St. Ambrose represented her script.
Sharon Sobel, respondent from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, attended Saturday's show and gave a brief response afterward. Following a thoughtful discussion about the metaphorical implications of the set, script, and other aspects of the production, Rairdin-Hale and Sobel decided on two student-actors to receive a nomination for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Competition. Junior Molly Conrad, who played Eurydice, and sophomore Brooke Schelly, as the Loud Stone, are the first St. Ambrose students chosen to represent the university at the 2014 KCACTF in Lincoln, Neb.
Congratulations on a beautiful production of a thought-provoking script and congratulations to Conrad and Schelly!