by Sarah Ruhl
University of Central Oklahoma, 2018
Director: Kato Buss, Ph.D.
Lighting Design: Carson Decker
Costume Design: Elisa Bierschenk MFA
Projection Design: Sam Aldridge
Photos Courtesy of KT King and Devin Scheef
Sarah Ruhl revisits the Ancient Greek tragedy of Orpheus and Eurydice as a surreal journey to the Underworld, where Eurydice rediscovers her loving relationship with her father. When her partner Orpheus comes to the Underworld to rescue her, she must make an impossible choice between one love and another.
Ruhl's poetic text evokes dreamlike structures and sounds--raining elevators, rivers of forgetting, and houses made of string. The surreal set deconstructs a face at rest against a curtain of string. The resulting scalable structure differentiates the over- and underworld, provides gateways for the journeys in between, and provides recluse for the Three Stones, whose costumes meld into the set.
Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival - Region 6
Commendation for Distinguished Achievement in Scenic Design
Broadway World Oklahoma Nominee - Set Design of the Decade
Act I Pre-show