<3 Eurydice

For those of you who did not see it through Facebook, we had a great run in NYC last weekend. Thank you for your support, your ideas, and for sharing parts of yourselves. We are surrounded by wonderful communities.

Post Cards

Nina should be getting some pictures from the NYC run up on FB soon, which we will link to. In the meantime, here is a picture of the post cards you may remember from our fundraising campaign. Post cards and bags went out in the mail yesterday, so keep an eye on your mailboxes.


Online Ticket Sales Open

Want to purchase your tickets for Eurydice in Grand Central? Now you can! Click here to go to the ticket purchasing page!

Here is our blurb about the show:

Eurydice in Grand Central
Tactus Theatre Project

After melting, Eurydice wakes up in her own train platform of an underworld, a place that rings with sounds pulled from train stations, street corners, and subway stops. Here, she wonders where she is and what happened to her. As a character who is talked about, but does not have agency in her story, Eurydice must navigate this landscape without being able to generate language of her own. Through found text, music, and dance, Eurydice explores the story of her love, life, and death. Trying to figure out how she ended up dead – twice, she asks how she could have misinterpreted the word around her, and grows towards selfhood.

Friday, June 15 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, June 16 at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Sunday, June 17 at 2:00 pm

Theaterlab
137 West 14th Street
New York, NY 10011

Tickets: $15

Image credit: Eurydice Image – Madeline Ballard; Photographs – Valerie Giacobbe

Run Time: 90 minutes (includes post-show talk-back)


Perks 1: Coin Tosses and Posters and Pictures

First, congratulations to contributor Melody!

There was a tie for the largest donation between the FB announcement of free tickets to Ego Po’s show, A Dybbuk, and the end of the campaign. Which really meant that we had to hold a coin toss.

We assign heads and tails and prepare for the coin toss.

And Melody won. We will be mailing out her voucher in the next day or so.

The result of the coin toss.

We also finished preparing the posters for those who chose the $25-dollar perk. Here is an example of a signed poster from the original production of Eurydice in Market East!

One of the signed posters for our awesome supporters.

So I may be biased here, but I think that that is one pretty poster. And I’m pleased that I finally found a use for the silver marker I’d had in my drawer for two years.

See you in NYC!

-Sarah

P.S. In case you are wondering, we will be rolling out perks as we get through them over the course of the next month, but everything will be ready for you when the show opens in June.


Plans: Music

I had one of those conversations with our composer Chris the other night. The kind of conversations that leave you more excited and energized that when you started. We are talking about new music for the updated Eurydice project. The cast is off looking for lyric ideas as we speak, which is pretty exciting.

While we were talking, he wanted to remember what he’d written last time, so pulled up some files. And then I heard him laughing and asking, “what did I do?” He starts describing the image of the end of the piece he’d written for when Eurydice dies.

“Imagine that there is a line that represents a note, and then another is added to it,” he begins.

And then something about him adding notes all over the place.

“It looks like an organ on its side,” he says.

For those of you who are like me and can’t picture it, here is the screenshot he sent me:

Music file for death of Eurydice piece.

I’m going to say it: I think this is pretty cool. I think the fact that people like Chris and Adrian and countless others can “read” stuff like this is pretty cool too.

But, back to the show.

I am really excited that we are going to be adding some music sequences to this piece this time. We’ve bought ourselves some time but cutting the script down and tightening it, which is not always easy for me to do. And we are using the extra time to glue the piece together with music and movement sequences. One of our goals this round is to get back to the story, and this is one of the ways we are going to do that.

Mostly, though, everyone seems to like Chris’ work. Back when he, Nina, and I were working on our first Fringe show, Spill, everyone kept telling me how much they loved the music. In fact, when I was trying to write one of the final scenes, I took a piece he’d written, put it on repeat in iTunes, and listened to it over and over until I could write a scene to go with it. So we worked from the music to the script, and then to the movement – a pretty powerful process for me. And it is still one of my favorite scenes.

We will be sure to keep you updated.


June

Anyone want to know when Tactus will be presenting Eurydice in Grand Central this spring in NYC? You may have seen it on Facebook, but I want to announce it here too:

Friday, June 15 – 8:00 pm
Saturday, June 16 – 2:00 pm
Saturday, June 16 – 8:00 pm
Sunday, June 17 – 2:00 pm

Theaterlab
137 West 14th Street
New York, NY 10011

We will post information about purchasing tickets soon!

(Live in Philly? You can get to a 2:00 show and home again in one single day! There are even inexpensive buses that can get you there in about two hours, or there is always the train that can, depending on the number of stops, get from city to city in one and a half hours.)


Thank You

All,

Thank you for such a successful fundraising campaign. We could not have done it without every dollar, ever “share,” and every email.

"I really hate this place."
Photo credit: Valerie Giacobbe.
Lighting design: Ashely W. Mills

You may have seen my most recent update on the fundraising site, but just in case, here are a few updates:

We have our first rehearsal for the NYC production on Tuesday. I am excited to see the full cast together for the first time. They keep telling me that they are excited to be getting started. One of them emailed me today to ask for the rehearsal mp3 of one of the songs, despite never having seen any of the script. I am surrounded by not only talented, but dedicated artists, and am looking forward to working with them over the next several weeks.

Of course, while we are all gathered together, we will be sure to get organized about your perks. Please watch this space for update about those in the coming days. I, for one, and looking forward to sitting down with my crafting supplies to make post cards. It will be a good way to unwind between rehearsals.

We all have ideas and plans to make the show even better. We are going to be cutting down the script and developing new music. Adrian wants to re-work and expand the soundscapes. Ashley will be faced with the new challenges presented by a new space. We are also already discussing the ways that we do and do not directly deal with the story of Eurydice and the history of that story, and how we can do so with more clarity and elegance.

On to the art stuff!

-Sarah

(P.S. If you meant to donate, but missed the online deadline, let us know. Just send a note to your Tactus friend and we’ll figure it all out.)


Introducing Rachel

All,

I have exciting news! We have a new cast member and are now fully cast for our NYC production this spring. Meet Rachel, an impressive actor and dancer. And she ate cookies with us – you remember how I feel about cookies. We’ll be poking fun at each other in no time.

We are very excited to be working with her in the coming weeks and can’t wait to see what perspectives she has to bring to the piece. Want to know more about her? Check out her bio on our Who is Tactus page.

Now that we have a full cast, we should be able to start rehearsal in the next week or so. We’ll be sure to keep you posted.


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