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Production Reimagines Classic Greek Myth

The Theater Program of Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges (Mark Lord, Chair) presents Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice, directed by Catharine Slusar, a Barrymore Award-winning actor, director, and Assistant Professor in Theater at Bryn Mawr College. Ruhl, recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, has written over a dozen plays, including The Clean House, Stage Kiss, and In the Next Room, or the vibrator play. Ruhl has been described by Charles Isherwood of The New York Times as "one of the most gifted and adventurous American playwrights to emerge in recent years."

In Eurydice, Ruhl retells a classic Greek myth, shifting focus from Orpheus to his bride, Eurydice, who dies on their wedding night. Ruhl transports us to an underworld where stones talk and sing, where water makes you forget, where mothers are trees, and where the one you love might just come back to you. A play that shifts narrative focus to women feels appropriate for Bryn Mawr College, even more so with Slusar's careful cultivation of an all-female design team: Set and Costume Designer Maiko Matsushima, Lighting Designer Lily Fossner, Lighting Assistant Samantha Wall, Sound Designer Adrienne Mackey, and Assistant Director Franny Mestrich. Eurydice complicates a classic narrative, asking us to think again about the role of women in our stories and in our lives.

Eurydice opens the Theater Program’s 2016-2017 season, with six performances (November 11-13 and 17-19) at the Hepburn Teaching Theater (Goodhart Hall, Bryn Mawr College). Opening night is Friday, November 11.


Performance Schedule:

Friday, November 11, 7:30 pm - Opening Night
Saturday, November 12, 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 13, 7:30 pm

Thursday, November 17, 7:30 pm
Friday, November 18, 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 19, 7:30 pm

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Mark Lord, Producer
Catharine K. Slusar, Director
Maiko Matsushima, Set and Costume Designer
Justin McDaniel, Technical Director
Amy Radbill, Production Manager and Props Designer
Henry Bradford (HC ’15), Assistant Technical Director
Franny Mestrich (BMC ’19), Assistant Director
Adrienne Mackey, Sound Designer
Lily Fossner, Lighting Designer
Sam Wall (BMC ’18), Lighting Assistant
Kat Larson (BMC ’19) Stage Manager

Ellen Cohn (BMC ’17)
Sahva Gebrehiwet (HC ’19)
Dylan Hoffman (BMC ’19)
Leah Jarvik (HC ’19)
Gaia Jinsi (BMC ’20)
Rory Kennison (HC ’18)
Emily Lobel (BMC ’20)
Bridget Rose McJohn (BMC ’17)
Erica Rice (BMC ’17)
Maria Victoria Russo (BMC ’17)
Gwen Vandivere (BMC ’20)
Olivia Xing (BMC ’20)

About The Theater Program

The Theater Program of Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges strives to foster creative collaboration between students and faculty, and its productions have won accolades from area critics for years. Of a recent production, Philadelphia Weekly wrote, “The entire production is as professional—if not more so, simply in the students’ evident commitment to these roles—as anything you might see [in the city]. Clearly Lord and Iwasaki respect these students and their vision.”

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Catherine Slusar / Bryn Mawr College Theater Program / 610.526.7571 /

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