Sunday, February 18, 2007


Read "Eurydice," a play by Sarah Ruhl, about the lovers Eurydice and Orpheus, told from her point of view. What is it like to suddenly fall into the Underworld? To meet your dead father? What vortex spins us out of this life and into the next? Is it better to "live" with memories for eternity, or dip in the River of Forgetfulness and sleep?

Orpheus, the maestro of music, sings his way to the Underworld to try and bring Eurydice back. Orpheus had already saved Odysseus and his crew by out-singing The Sirens. Will music work this time? How solid, how true is their love?

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
We two alone will sing like birds in the cage.
When thou dost ask my blessing, I'll kneel down
And ask of thee forgiveness; so we'll live,
And pray and sing...
--William Shakespeare, from King Lear

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