“Eurydice” hits the stage at the Spectrum Theater

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Emily Paige and Jake Bieniewicz as Eurydice and Orpheus. (Courtesy of Jason Flannery, Director of Eurydice)

By Mia Kerner

After months of preparation, the GRCC Players present the myth of Orpheus through the perspective of the story’s heroine from March 17-19 at the Spectrum Theater at Grand Rapids Community College.

Reimagined by Sarah Ruhl under the direction of Jason Flannery, this production takes a timeless mythological love story in a seductive new direction. Full of stunning visuals and heartbreaking plot twists, Eurydice will surely seduce you.

Flannery, GRCC alumnus and deputy Professor of theatre, directing and improvisation, took on this exciting directing challenge as a kind of passion project.

It describes the production of Eurydice like “an incredibly surreal piece about grief, death and memory, full of poetic language and music…so that suits me just fine. I’ve done it before, actually, but with design students and a small budget, so I’m grateful and excited to be working on a more finished production with a team of artists that I trust and are incredibly excited to share the work!

“I hope audiences come away surprised and moved by this semi-autobiographical fairy tale that playwright Sarah Ruhl has given us,” Flannery continues. I hope they see the exceptional potential of Grand Rapids artists and the GRCC student body. Maybe invest some time in future productions, and maybe even audition!

Jake Bieniewicz, who plays Orpheus, had nothing short of a wonderful experience with GRCC players while building this show.

Building and understanding the character of Orpheus was definitely one of my favorite things to explore during the process of this show. Learning who Orpheus is and portraying his story on stage is a truly special experience that I will never forget,” Bieniewicz shares.

Bieniewicz urges his audience to understand thatthis show is a roller coaster of emotions! Through sadness, excitement and even [discomfort]I believe that everyone can connect to this story in their own way.

The GRCC Players will take the stage at the Spectrum Theater March 17-19 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase now, priced at $12 for general admission, $8 for GRCC faculty and staff, and $5 for GRCC students.

For more information, call (616) 234-3387 or visit grcc.edu/theatre.

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