Theatre Fairfield's EURYDICE by Sarah Ruhl, April 19-23

Date: 04-19-2023

Time: 07:30 PM

Location: Wien Black Box Theatre, Quick Center for the Arts

Marti LoMonaco's final production as longtime Resident Director of Theatre Fairfield opens next week at the Quick Center. Sarah Ruhl's brilliant play, EURYDICE, which is the classical Orpheus myth from Eurydice's point-of-view, premieres Wednesday, April 19, 7:30 PM, in the Wien Black Box Theatre at the Quick Center. Additional performances are Thursday and Friday, April 20-21 at 7:30 PM, and Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23, at 2:00 PM. Tickets are on sale now at the Quick Center Box office--$10 general admission, $5 for students, and free-of-charge, as always, for Fairfield faculty. Call the Box Office at (203) 254-4010, stop by, or buy tickets online.  

 In Ruhl’s play, Eurydice is the protagonist; she is searching for her identity and her truth as a woman and as a human being. Although Eurydice is still defined by her relationship to the two men in her life---Father and husband---she is making her own choices of how she will live, die, and deal with her grief, loss, and love. “Ruhl has evolved into a fiery feminist dramatist in the 20 years since she wrote “Eurydice” but the seeds of that emergence are clearly in this play," LoMonaco said. "I see “Eurydice” as a softly feminist play which follows the journey of a young woman----not unlike all the young woman at Fairfield U---seeking to figure out who she is and what she wants on HER terms: not on society’s, not on her parents’, not on her partner’s, but in her own way. It’s very empowering and very, very beautiful. And our production---with an original musical score, splendid movement, and wonderful scenery, lighting, and costumes---hopes to capture the beauty of Ruhl’s script.

“I think anyone, especially a college student, can relate to the idea of discovering yourself despite the obstacles when you’re thrown into a new environment,” says Lillie Kortrey, our dramaturg and actor playing Eurydice. “Eurydice spends the duration of the play finding her own identity, all while experiencing love, loss, and grief, which is something the classical Greek myth and subsequent interpretations don’t give her the opportunity to do.” For more information on how the original Orpheus and Eurydice evolved and for Theatre Fairfield’s dramaturgical work, visit


The “Eurydice” cast features Ben Dressel ‘26, Nora Jacobi ’25, Lillie Kortrey ‘23, Anthony Lupercio ‘26, Courtney Sabogal, '26, Emily Sheridan ‘24, and Alyssa Suarez ’25. The production’s artistic team includes producer Lynne Porter, costume designer Julie Leavitt, movement choreographer Brad Roth, set designer Karl Ruling, lighting designer Lynne Chase, technical director Anne Kendall, stage manager Margot Weiss, assistant stage managers Grace Galasso ‘26 and Cara Rommeny ’26, and intimacy director Jamie Monahan. An original score for the production is being composed and will be performed live by Michael Ciavaglia with violist Elizabeth Messier, '26, and bass guitarist Andrew Margaritis, '26, of Fairfield’s Music Program.

As always, we look forward to seeing you at the theatre!

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For more information, contact Dr. Martha LoMonaco / 12032544000 /