‘Eurydice’ on stage
at Uptown May 31-June 3

Outcast celebrates the Uptown Theatre’s re-opening with Sarah Ruhl’s "Eurydice."

Subtle, surreal and breathtakingly lovely, Outcast uses music and movement to bring to the stage the Orpheus myth, told from the point of view of his beloved, Eurydice.

The play will be performed Thursday, May 31 through Saturday, June 2 at 7:30pm and Sunday, June 3 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 and are available at the Uptown Theatre or at www.outcasttheater.com.

Pulitzer- and Tony Award-nominated playwright Sarah Ruhl has Eurydice meeting her dead father in the Underworld, although she can’t remember him. Through patience and tenderness, her father teaches her to remember. However, when Orpheus plays music so beautiful that the gates of the Underworld open for him, Eurydice must make a choice.

The role of Eurydice is acted and danced by local talent Amanda Thomas. Utica performer Adam Spridilozzi bring his voice and passion to the role of Orpheus. Eurydice’s father is played by Wyatt Galusky.

The play offers high comedy with a Chorus of Stones, played by Sarah Sterling, Paul Hernon and Thom Capozzella. Tim Perkosky brings sinister hilarity to the roles of Lord of the Underworld.

The set — which includes a raining elevator and a room made out of string — was conceived by Brian and Lynne Angell. Costumes were designed by Logane Robinson. Light designer is Ellen Campion. The show is produced and directed by Eileen Tiller-Clanton.

Outcast International was founded in Munich, Germany in 1996 and has performed over a dozen shows in venues around Europe. With its home base now in Central New York, "Eurydice" is Outcast’s sixth local production.

Built at the site of the old Utica Stadium and first open for business in 1927, The Uptown Theatre was an architectural masterpiece that could seat 1,500 people. Now a historic landmark, the Uptown’s current owner has re-opened the stage, restored much of the old architecture and updated the lobby to include a bar.