Plot


Note: Despite the division of Eurydice into Movements, the playwright advises that the piece should be performed with no intermission.

First Movement

Two young lovers, Orpheus and Eurydice, frolic on the beach. They discuss music and literature; they are ridiculous with each other in the way that very enamored couples are. Through the whole scene, however, there is a sense that both Orpheus and Eurydice are somewhat trapped in their own thoughts. Since he is a great composer, Orpheus acknowledges that his mind is always at least partially split between music and life, and Eurydice, despite her best efforts, resents this phenomenon. Lost for words, Orpheus ties a string around Eurydice’s ring finger; he proposes and she accepts. Manic with joy, they splash into the water.

In another time and place, Eurydice’s Father writes her a letter with advice for her wedding day. From this letter, the audience learns that Eurydice’s Father is dead - this is one of many letters he has composed to her over the years. Alone, he steps through the ritual of walking Eurydice down the aisle.

Back in the land of the living, Eurydice escapes from her wedding reception for a moment of rest. By the water pump, she laments the absence of her father from the festivities. She is soon joined by a “Nasty, Interesting Man” who strikes up a too-familiar conversation. He invites her a party at his apartment, and Eurydice politely declines, returning to her wedding. Back at the reception, she and Orpheus sing, dance, and drink champagne. Alone, Eurydice’s Father does the jitterbug in the Land of the Dead.

Thirsty once more, Eurydice returns to the water pump, where the Nasty, Interesting Man is still waiting for her. With the promise of a letter from her dead father, the Man lures Eurydice to his top-floor loft apartment. He attempts to seduce the new bride with Brazilian lounge music, champagne, and promises of a life filled with “interesting” people, and though she is eager to

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