UofL Theatre Arts opens spring lineup with modern take on Greek classic

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — University of Louisville Theatre Arts will present the poetic reimagining of the classic Greek myth “Eurydice” Jan. 26-Feb. 4 in Thrust Theatre.

    Written by Sarah Ruhl, one of America’s leading female playwrights, “Eurydice” launches the spring lineup of the theatre arts department’s season of plays written entirely by women. Ruhl’s retelling emphasizes a strong female voice by focusing on Eurydice and making her the heroine instead of Orpheus.

    On her wedding day, Eurydice falls victim to a tragic accident that sends her hurtling into an eerie but captivating underworld. Ripped from her beloved Orpheus, the greatest musician in the world, Eurydice is reunited with her dead father in the Land of the Dead. Orpheus journeys to retrieve his bride, but Eurydice has begun to discover that her memory of her former life seems different from the reality.

    “In our #MeToo moment, ‘Eurydice’ impresses the need for women’s voices to enter more concretely into the collective consciousness. We should see stories from diverse perspectives. We deserve to spin our yarns and see ourselves reflected in the waters of multiple memory pools,” wrote Jenn Ariadne Calvano, director and assistant professor, and Janna Segal, assistant professor and dramaturg, in the show’s notes.

    The play starts at 8 p.m. Jan. 26 and 27 and 3 p.m. Jan. 28. The play’s run resumes at 8 p.m. Feb. 1-3 and 3 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Thrust Theatre, Studio Arts Building, 2314 S. Floyd St. Tickets are $8 for UofL students; $12 for other students and alumni, faculty, staff and seniors; and $15 for general admission.

    For more information, contact Blair Boyd at 502-852-7682 or blair.boyd@louisville.edu.

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    Niki King Jones is positive she has the best job at the University of Louisville, serving the communication needs of the departments of fine arts and theatre, the School of Music, University Libraries and Alumni – all the fun, creative stuff. Before coming to UofL in 2015, Niki held communication positions in both private and nonprofit sectors in Louisville, Ky., including at Heaven Hill Distilleries and the Jewish Community of Louisville. For 10 years prior, she was a reporter at various newspapers across the country, most recently The Courier-Journal. Niki graduated from the University of Memphis with a BA in journalism and has a masters degree in community and leadership development from the University of Kentucky.