Chicago Opera Theater brings Orpheus & Euridyce to a swimming pool
Hot names in pop right now? Orpheus and Eurydice. The Greek god and nymph are enjoying an unexpected spike in popularity a few thousand years later. The couple is posing in stone on the cover of the new Arcade Fire album released yesterday, Reflektor, which devotes tunes to the god of music and his muse. Today, Neil Gaiman's The Sandman, which reimagined Orpheus, Eurydice, Morpheus and Death as goth icons, returns to DC Comics. Now, the two tragic lovers are hitting the pool. Chicago Opera Theater stages Ricky Ian Gordon's take on the myth, Orpheus & Eurydice, in the Eckhart Park natatorium, with the lap pool standing in for the River Styx. The production opens Friday, November 1, with three more performances following November 3, 8 and 10.
Todd Palmer, clarinetist, floats in a boat, playing his licorice stick, as the titular romantic. Soprano Valeria Vinzant is the beauty worth traveling to hell for. Gordon penned songs and poems. There is no note as to whether or not there is a "Splash Zone," a la Sea World. We assume you can leave the ponchos at home.
This rather unique experience is free, with tickets distributed on a first come, first serve basis at 6pm. Click here for more details.