Theatre Northwest prepping to stage ‘Eurydice’
By Bob Craig Post-Tribune correspondent October 17, 2012 1:16PM
Cast members rehearse a scene from “The Secret Garden” playing at the 4th Street Theater in Chesterton through Oct. 21. Call 926-7875 for reservations or more information. | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 20, 2012 10:34AM
Theatre Northwest, the production company of Indiana University Northwest, will present its fall production, “Eurydice,” Nov. 1-11.
Assistant professor of acting and directing Mark Baer will direct this production of the Sarah Ruhl play. Adapted from an ancient Greek myth, this version retells the myth of Orpheus from the perspective of his wife, Eurydice.
The cast includes Amanda Tomczak, Avery Malerich, Scott Fowler III, Ashley Thompson, Brandon Hearne, Sophia Settle and Mario Dongu.
Eurydice is in love with a great musician, Orpheus, but when she is killed on her wedding day, she passes to the Underworld where souls go to release their troubles and sleep in peaceful forgetfulness. There she reconnects with her father, who has found a way to hold on to his memories.
Meanwhile, Orpheus is distraught at the loss of his love. He composes the saddest music ever written, and marches into the Underworld determined to reclaim his love. Eurydice is then forced to choose between the love of her father and the love of her life.
Theatre Northwest is an affordable and accessible performance venue. The theater also serves as a platform for the up-and-coming talent of the Department of Performing Arts, the only theater degree program at a public university in Northwest Indiana.
For more information, or to make reservations, call the Theatre Northwest box office at 980-6808.
All performances will be at Theatre Northwest at Arts on Grant, located 1 mile west of the main campus at 37th Avenue and Grant Street in Gary.
VU Theatre’s next production
The Valparaiso University Department of Theatre will present Federico Garcia Lorca’s “The House of Bernarda Alba” Nov. 7-11.
This play was originally written in Spanish and set in Spain. VU Theatre will modernize the classic using a new adaptation by Emily Mann and setting the action in present-day rural Iran.
The play begins after the death of Bernarda Alba’s second husband. Alba demands that her household mourn the death for eight years. However, the five daughters quickly become entranced with the eldest daughter’s handsome fiancé, Parviz Rumani.
As the decision to wed the eldest daughter is a strictly financial one, the youngest daughter is the one who steals the heart of the young man. When the truth inevitably comes out, Bernarda Alba must try to maintain control, with tragic consequences.
It is rare that Valparaiso University produces a play where its cast is comprised of all strong female roles. This provides an opportunity to showcase a particular portion of the department’s population. In addition, all the designs for the play were done by VU students, supervised by faculty. Set design is by Sara Hill, lighting design by Renee Eisenhour, and costume design by Becca Shelor. The production will be a participating entry in the American College Theatre Festival.
Call 464-5162 for more information and to purchase tickets.