Shaking the Tree performed Orpheus and Eurydice~ A site specific journey play, at Portland Center Stage's JAW Festival in July 2016, in the Ellyn Bye Studio Lobby at the Armory
Photo Credit: Samantha Van Der Merwe
Photo Credit: Ben Willis
About Orpheus and Eurydice
A Processional Tragedy The audience met in the Lobby of the Ellyn Bye Studio and followed Orpheus in procession as he attempted to rescue his love.
Background Orpheus married the beautiful nymph Eurydice. But on their wedding day she was bitten by a poisonous snake and died.
A Bargain at The Gates of Hell Distraught and desperate to be reunited with his beloved Eurydice, Orpheus journeys to the Underworld to beg Persephone, the Queen to return her to him. The Queen agrees to let Eurydice return to the world of the living on one condition; Orpheus must not look back at Eurydice until they were both completely out of the Underworld or she would be lost to him once more.
The stony steps will lead the way As he ascends and plays his lyre, even the cold spirits of the Underworld weep. Silently they make the arduous, dark climb.
The opening is reached Orpheus steps out joyfully into the daylight. Then he turns to his love...
Starring: Matthew Kerrigan as Orpheus Rebecca Ridenour as Persephone Katie Watkins as Eurydice
The Stone Dead Girls: Claire Aldridge, Annabel Cantor, Stella Greenvoss, Makenna Markman, Tirza Meuljic, Daeja Paschoal- Thiem, Lydia Petersons, Isabella Villagomez, and Celia Wood.