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Mercer Theatre opens production of “Eurydice”

<p>Students in Mercer Players rehearse for &quot;Eurydice.&quot; Photo provided by Laura Ashlyn Pridgen.</p>

Students in Mercer Players rehearse for "Eurydice." Photo provided by Laura Ashlyn Pridgen.

Mercer Theatre is finishing up their 2021-2022 season with their final show of the year, “Eurydice”.

“Eurydice”, written by playwright Sarah Ruhl, puts a modern spin on the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus. The story in “Eurydice” is told from the perspective of Eurydice, Orpheus’s ill-fated wife, and focuses on her choice between returning to the world of the living with Orpheus or staying in the underworld with her father.

The production features a live musician and an intricate set, which includes an elevator in which it actually rains.

“Many hours have been put in to ensure this show is as captivating as the playwright’s vision respects.” Laura Ashlyn Pridgen, a senior and the president of the Mercer Players, said. 

With a reimagining of a classic story emphasizing a previously untold female perspective, Pridgen said she has high hopes for the performances.

“I’m looking forward to seeing how our audience responds to our production,” Pridgen said. “It is our hope here at the theatre that all who come to see the show are amazed and caught up in the story that we have worked so hard to put out. Getting a genuine audience reaction to our work is what I’m most excited for.”

This is the first academic year that Mercer Theatre put on in-person productions since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mercer Theatre put on three other productions earlier this year: “The Commedia Pinocchio,” “Hamlet 2020” and “The Goat (Or, ‘Who is Sylvia’)”.

The performances will be held in the Tattnall Square Center for the Arts, which recently fundraised $34,000 for a new theatre control booth.

“Eurydice” is playing from March 31 to April 2 at 7:30 p.m. and April 10 at 2:30 p.m. at the Tattnall Square Center for the Arts. Adult tickets are $15 and student tickets are $10.

Samantha Homcy

Samantha Homcy ‘23 is a junior at Mercer majoring in journalism and criminal justice. She has been working at The Cluster since her freshman year and served as Social Media Co-Manager during the spring 2021 semester. She is currently a practicum intern with WMAZ-TV. In her free time she enjoys music, community service, watching TV and finding new ways to get involved on Mercer’s campus. 


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