The Hip-Hop Waltz of Eurydice (1990) Los Angeles - Created and Directed by Reza Abdoh
The Hip-Hop Waltz of Eurydice premiered at the Los Angeles Theater Center in 1990.
Created and Directed by Reza Abdoh
Produced by Diane White/LATC
With: Juliana Francis, Alan Mandell, Tom Fitzpatrick, Amen Santoro, Bohasha
Dramaturgy, Morgan Jenness
Sets, Timian Alsaker; lights, Rand Ryan; sound, Raul Enriquez and Eric Blank; Costumes, Mariana Elliott; video, Adam Soch; production stage manager, Susan Slagle
"Abdoh's 'Hip-hop Waltz of Eurydice' Is Modern Look at Power of Love: Writer-director Reza Abdoh puts his unique stamp on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice in "The Hip-Hop Waltz of Eurydice,"
"In the original, Orpheus journeys to Hades and persuades the Lord of the Underworld to let his wife, Eurydice, go. The condition is that Orpheus mustn't look back at her as they're leaving. But he does . . . and loses her.
December 9, 1990 | JANICE ARKATOV, LA TIMES
"'What Reza's done is tell a myth about the force of faith--faith in love--in a time of repression and fear,' said LATC's new dramaturg, Morgan Jenness, who came to LATC in September from New York, where she had been literary manager at the Public Theatre. 'Orpheus and Eurydice have a forbidden love, and the Lord of the Underworld is a sort of fascist symbol. There are undertows of the Jesse Helms situation, the connection of love and sexuality, the fact that sex is (treated as) a bad thing.'"
Adam Soch's feature-length documentary REZA ABDOH: THEATRE VISIONARY vimeo.com/ondemand/rezaabdoh