Ohio Wesleyan’s upcoming production of ‘Eurydice’ features students Adam Lieser (left) as Orpheus, Miko Harper as Eurydice, and Aaron Eicher as Her Father. (Photo by Carl DeScott and Josh Martin)


Ohio Wesleyan Presents Four Performances of Sarah Ruhl’s Postmodern Play from Feb. 13-16

By Cole Hatcher

DELAWARE, Ohio – Playwright Sarah Ruhl’s touching and poetic drama “Eurydice” gives new resonance to the story of Orpheus descending into the Underworld to bring back his bride by retelling the Greek myth from her brave, compelling point of view.

Ohio Wesleyan University’s Department of Theatre & Dance will present four performances of “Eurydice” at 8 p.m. Feb. 13-15 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 16. The play runs about 90 minutes without intermission, contains adult themes, and features some performers dressed similarly to clowns or mimes.

The production is being directed by Bradford Sadler, Ohio Wesleyan Class of 2005, now a member of the university’s theatre faculty.

“This play deals with love and loss, which are aspects of life to which all of us can relate, no matter what our disparate backgrounds are,” said Sadler, who earned his Master of Fine Arts from Florida Atlantic University. “It possesses an amazing depth of heart, and its focus on the precious human connections between us and the people we care for makes it an evening of theatre perfectly fitted to its Valentine’s Day weekend performance dates.”

Seven students perform in the production: junior Miko Harper of Atlanta, Georgia; sophomore Aaron Eicher of West Salem, Ohio; senior Adam Lieser of Columbus, Ohio; sophomore Max Haupt from Madison, New Jersey; junior Margaret R. Welsh from Ashville, Ohio; freshman Alex Dolph from Middletown, Ohio; and freshman Camy Dodd from Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Scenic design is by guest artist Edith D. Wadkins; lighting design is by junior Jerrod Ward of Loudonville, Ohio; and costume design is by OWU Costume Shop Manager Jacqueline Shelley. Ohio Wesleyan sophomore Jasmine Lew of Fremont, California, is serving as stage manager.

“Eurydice” will be performed on the Studio Theatre Stage of OWU’s Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for senior citizens and non-Ohio Wesleyan students, and free for Ohio Wesleyan students with a valid OWU ID. To reserve tickets, call the box office at (740) 368-3855. Reservations are requested as seating is limited.

For more information about the play, OWU’s 2019-2020 performance schedule, or studying theatre or dance at Ohio Wesleyan, visit www.owu.edu/TheatreAndDance.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more than 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 25 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives” and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu.