Author: Sarah Ruhl

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408130432

Category: Drama

Page: 80

View: 953

An inventive take on the classic myth, Eurydice is by the highly-acclaimed US playwright Sarah Ruhl and includes magical, dreamlike surrealism, lyrical beauty and heart-rending pathos. Eurydice is in love with Orpheus. Her dead father has advice for her wedding but his letters can't get through to the land of the living. At last one does. With her father's words in her hand, she crashes down a flight of stairs and wakes in the underworld, her memory wiped. How will she ever get home? With a style that is light and precise, but also wildly imaginative, this play sees Alice in Wonderland meet Greek myth. Eurydice is a playful and highly original take on a timeless tale of loss, grief and redemption. When she received her MacArthur Foundation 'genius' grant, she was given this verdict: "Sarah Ruhl, 32, playwright, New York City. Playwright creating vivid and adventurous theatrical works that poignantly juxtapose the mundane aspects of daily life with mythic themes of love and war."

Eurydice and the Birth of Macedonian Power


Author: Elizabeth Donnelly Carney

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190280549

Category: History

Page: 208

View: 8014

Eurydice (c.410-340s BCE) played a significant part in the public life of ancient Macedonia, the first royal Macedonian woman known to have done so, though hardly the last. She was the wife of Amyntas III, the mother of Philip II (and two other short-lived kings of Macedonia), and grandmother of Alexander the Great. Her career marks a turning point in the role of royal women in Macedonian monarchy, one that coincides with the emergence of Macedonia as a great power in the Hellenic world. This study examines the nature of her public role as well as the factors that contributed to its expansion and to the expanding power of Macedonia. Some ancient sources picture Eurydice as a murderous adulteress willing to attempt the elimination of her husband and her three sons for the sake of her lover, whereas others portray her as a doting and heroic mother whose actions led to the preservation of the throne for her sons. While the latter view is likely closer to historical reality, both the "good" and "bad" Eurydice traditions portray her as the leader of a faction, an active figure at court and in international affairs. Eurydice's activity, sinister or not, directly related to the fact that, at the time of her husband's death, the eldest of her three sons was barely old enough to rule and enemies, foreign and domestic, threatened. Two of Eurydice's sons were assassinated and the third died in battle. Eurydice functioned not only a succession advocate for her sons but she also played a part in the construction of the public image of the dynasty, both because of her own actions and because of the ways in which her son Philip II chose to depict and commemorate her. Drawing on recent archaeological discoveries and all surviving literary evidence, this portrait illuminates the life of a remarkable queen at the birth of a celebrated epoch.

Orpheus and Eurydice

With the Pantomime Entertainment. As Acted at the Theatre-Royal in Lincoln's-Inn-Fields


Author: Henry Sommer

Publisher: N.A


Category: English drama

Page: 28

View: 4474

Search for Eurydice: Screenplay & Graphic Novel

Screenplay & Graphic Novel


Author: Karl Smith


ISBN: 0956615600

Category: Fiction

Page: 178

View: 5501

2 in 1 Screenplay and Graphic Novel (storyboard). Based on the most famous Orphic tale: Search for Eurydice. Synopsis: Orpheus (minstrel of the Argonauts) is distraught upon finding that the mythical healing powers of the Golden Fleece are not enough to resurrect his dead wife. In mourning he plays his most sorrowful song drawing tears from the very eyes of those who rule over the Dead. King and Queen of the Underworld give him one chance to rescue her, but he must stick to one certain rule: To not look back until he has reached the surface. "If you break this rule she will be lost forever." Reincarnated in the present for the entertainment of the gods; Orpheus becomes part of a wager of mythic proportions. Can he rescue his wife by discovering his true identity or will the Valley of Acherusia, (the only known way for a living being to reach the Underworld) still remain a guarded secret. Orpheus holds the belief that she isn't quite dead yet.

Leveled Texts: Orpheus and Eurydice


Author: Stephanie Paris

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials

ISBN: 1425871305

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 9

View: 6199

All students can learn about plot using a classic mythology passage written at four reading levels. Symbols on the pages represent reading-level ranges to help differentiate instruction. Provided comprehension questions complement the text.

Orpheus & Eurydice

A Lyric Sequence


Author: Gregory Orr

Publisher: Copper Canyon Press

ISBN: 1619320657

Category: Poetry

Page: 80

View: 5307

How can I celebrate love/ now that I know what it does? So begins this booklength lyric sequence which reinhabits and modernizes the story of Orpheus, the mythic master of the lyre (and father of lyric poetry) and Eurydice, his lover who died and whom Orpheus tried to rescue from Hades. Gregory Orr uses as his touchstone the assertion that myths attempt to narrate a whole human experience, while at the same time serving a purpose which resists explanation. Through poems of passionate and obsessive erotic love, Orr has dramatized the anguished intersection of infinite longings and finite lives and, in the process, explores the very sources of poetry. When Eurydice saw him huddled in a thick cloak, she should have known he was alive, the way he shivered beneath its useless folds. But what she saw was the usual: a stranger confused in a new world. And when she touched him on the shoulder, it was nothing personal, a kindness he misunderstood. To guide someone through the halls of hell is not the same as love. "A reader unfamiliar with Orr’s work may be surprised, at first, by the richness of both action and visual detail that his succinct, spare poems convey. Lyricism can erupt in the midst of desolation."—Boston Globe When Gregory Orr’s Burning the Empty Nest appear, Publisher’s Weekly praised it as an "auspicious debut for a gifted newcomer…he already demonstrates a superior control of his medium." Kirkus Review celebrated it as "an almost unbearably powerful first book of poetry" and enthusiastically reviewed his second book Gathering the Bones Together, noting that "Orr’s power is the eloquence of understatement." Most recently, his City of Salt was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. Gregory Orr teaches at the University of Virginia.