Playwright and MacArthur "genius" fellowship winner Sarah Ruhl has a varied body of work, little of it (except for The Clean House, done by Boca Raton's Caldwell Theatre Company) seen in South Florida -- until now. Her most recent play, Dead Man's Cell Phone, will be produced by Plantation's Mosaic Theatre Feb. 26-March 22, 2009.
This weekend, though, Florida Atlantic University is offering a demonstration of Ruhl's gift for crafting a play rooted in mythic literature. Eurydice, Ruhl's retelling of the Orpheus myth from the perspective of his bride, finishes its run on the Boca Raton campus with performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. In Ruhl's version, after Eurydice's death on her wedding day, she travels to Hades and reunites with her father. When Orpheus risks all to fetch her, she must decide whether to return to life with her husband or remain in the land of the dead with her father.
Tickets to the FAU production are $16 ($10 for faculty and alumni, free to students), and the show is in the Studio One Theatre on the campus at 777 Glades Rd. For information, call 561-297-3810 or visit the university's online ticketing site.