This is the first story that I wrote for our student publication, Ink Online. In brief, it’s a look at the production of the University’s third play, Eurydice.
The show doesn’t open for another month or so, so I originally intended to focus on the immense amount of effort that goes into producing an hour-and-a-half play. In addition to casting, costumes, and all those more technical aspects of production, I was interested, if not surprised, to learn the sheer amount of time invested in rehearsal. All the actors, and the director, come together for about 20 hours a week for the month leading up to opening night. Apparently way more goes into a play than merely memorizing lines and not forgetting them.
I actually went to one of the rehearsals to take pictures and, though pretty raw, the run-through I watched piqued my interest. The stage was cluttered with wooden frames. I pictured these frames ornately dressed, becoming the visually stunning set Katie Moore described in her interviews. This alone is reason enough for me to go to the actual production.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to lock down an interview with the director, Dan Macdonald before my deadline, so I had to shift the focus of the article more towards the play itself. The play, written in 2003, is a modern retelling of a well-known Greek myth. Those myths have so much humanity in them they have a certain timeless quality. The play should be an interesting combination of old and timeless with the new and timely.