Published March 17, 2023
THD's recent production of Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Jon Elston, received a glowing show review, with quotes from cast members, by Alex Novak with The Spectrum: https://www.ubspectrum.com/.../ub-eurydice-show-theater-2023
“Playing Eurydice was especially important for me because of the relationship with her father,” Moriah Armstrong (Eurydice) said. “I’m very close with my father. And so it was just a way for me to pour my love of the craft and my dad and everything that the show is really about [into this production].”
“When we came into our first rehearsal, our director Jon Elston explained his vision for the show, and we talked through all of the metaphors and allegories,” Armstrong remembered. “Within that first rehearsal, I was so thrilled to be able to play Eurydice. I was sold. I was like, ‘Oh, this is gonna be the best show ever!’ And it has been.”
Senior theatre major E Lyons was the stage and props designer responsible for the innovative set featured in the show. E was interviewed by Spectrum arts reporters Meret Kelsey and Alex Novak and provided a video tour of the set, sharing insights into its creation: https://www.ubspectrum.com/article/2023/03/ub-eurydice-set-design-e-lyons
“Audience members found themselves transported into the otherworldly and unusual cavern of Sarah Ruhl’s ‘Eurydice’ as they entered the Center for the Arts (CFA)’s Black Box Theater this past weekend.
A gigantic gray staircase split the space down the middle. Sculptures of garbage stood guard in the corners. Old family photos were plastered on the theater’s walls, and UFO-like rings hung from the ceiling. These unconventional elements transformed the Black Box into a bizarre liminal space where nostalgia and peculiarity reign supreme.
The mastermind behind this freakishly brilliant fever dream is set designer and senior theatre major E Lyons. The opportunity to bring the underworld of “Eurydice” to life enabled them to live out childhood dreams and adult aspirations.
‘As a child, one of the jobs I wanted to have when I grew up was to be an architect, and I think this is the fruity version of that,” Lyons said. “Design work matters in ways I can’t even articulate.’”