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Orpheus myth revisited in Eurydice

Eurydice struggles to remember her earthly life as she makes her way through the underworld in the ASU Herberger College School of Theatre and Film’s MainStage presentation of Eurydice.

Photo by Tim Trumble.

January 30, 2009

The ASU Herberger College School of Theatre and Film MainStage season unveils its first work of the New Year with Eurydice.

Eurydice is a poignant retelling of the Orpheus myth that is staged in the atrium lobby of ASU Downtown Phoenix campus.

“The downtown space lets us create a new relationship with our audience,” says Linda Essig, director of the School of Theatre and Film and artistic director of the MainStage Theatre. “And we also are pleased that this particular space allows us to have a positive impact on the downtown Phoenix area.”

The site-specific staging re-imagines the story of Orpheus, the mythical Greek poet and musician who journeys to the underworld to rescue his ill-fated bride, Eurydice. Written by Sarah Ruhl, the play examines love, death and the afterlife as Eurydice meets her long lost and beloved father in the underworld and strives to retain wisps of memory of Orpheus and the love they share.

“Love. Life. Tragedy. Death. The content of the Greek mythologies remains extremely relevant to us today,” says Leon Ingulsrud, an internationally renowned artist and co-founder of the SITI Company in Manhattan, who is guest directing the ASU production. “The fact that we are performing in a space that is used for daily life, where people eat lunch, read and converse with friends, makes this production all the more contemporary and exciting.”

ASU Downtown Phoenix campus, 411 N. Central Ave. Parking is available in an adjacent structure. Visit for more parking information.

Feb. 20–21 & 26–28, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 22 & March 1, 2 p.m.

$7–$22; Receive half-priced tickets on the First Friday of any MainStage Season production. ASU faculty and staff receive two-for-one on all full-priced MainStage performances. 
* On-site tickets for this site specific production are on a CASH ONLY basis.

Public Contact
Herberger College box office, 480.965.6447; School of Theatre and Film, 480.965.5337; 

The School of Theatre and Film in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University provides a comprehensive range of courses in performance and directing; design and production; new work development; theatre and performance studies; film; and theatre for youth. Its Theatre for Youth program is nationally ranked in the top three and the dramatic writing/playwriting program is ranked 15th among public institutions by U.S.News & World Report. To learn more about the School of Theatre and Film, visit

Media Contact:
Laurie A. Trotta Valenti
ASU Herberger College 
School of Theatre and Film