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August 23, 2009

Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice

The summer of 2009. In Red Cloud Nebraska, this summer there was a bunch of students from New York University who were putting on a play. Paper Plane Theatre Company, a New York City based troupe of artists, presented a production of Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice to Red Cloud. So who exactly were these guys?

Spending time and money on a production. Then came the critics — people like Frank Rich. So who exactly were these guys?

The critics. And art. As well as politics. In the summer of 2009.

Community organizers. So who exactly were these guys?

In the summer of 2009, the health care reform was debated. So was the debate about health care reform or only about reform how health care would be paid? These pro-choice Democrats who all agreed politics did not belong in the bedroom were now suggesting they belonged in the bed when a loved one was dying?

And those Tea Parties. So who exactly were these people that showed up at town hall meetings. The ones that the community organizer seemed to be promoting. There was a certain irony in all of this. Compared to the Boston Tea Party which included a lot more than a discussion. Compared to community organizers. So this was an overhaul or a revolution?

Budgets. Spending time and money on a production. Now having to pay attention to the money, like in Red Cloud, Nebraska. Those art critics never paid much attention to the accounting of the cost of a production.

Some of the accounting involved no health care benefits for the illegals. If some kind of bloodless health care bill was going to get through Congress. Yet to me, there was a real sense of irony that these same Tea Party advocates do not question fighting a war — two wars — across the sea. There seemed little accounting to the purpose of it all. Taxed incomes to fight wars overseas, seemingly to export democratic values, yet not extending some basic ideals to people within borders on other life and death issues..

Health care according to the elected president in campaign 2008 was a basic human right. Yet so few humans ever had had this basic human right in human history. Anywhere. And here was a president where his enforcement division went after the undocumented like no one before him, as if they had no basic human rights at all. Have you eaten at Chipotles’ lately?

The search for identity, when the leader, as an organizer, did not know what to do after he was organized. Community organizers too much beholden to others, without quite knowing his own self. In an era when the foundation of American ideals were shaken. By his predecessor.

Immigrants. Illegals. Critics and art and politics. In the summer of 2009. When immigration, abortion, bailouts, and accounting departments all came together. In health care reform. With deadlines.

Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice. With no intermission.

A whimsical retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus, Eurydice is the story of two lovers who strive to love each other as much as they love their ideas. Told from Eurydice’s point of view, this myth becomes real as it tracks the bittersweet passage from father to husband. From boardwalks to the Underworld, from wedding receptions to houses made of string, from high-rise apartments to the River of Forgetfulness, with the profound humanity and sensory spectacle of Eurydice promises to carry us to new worlds. It is quite a show.

The critics seemed to have gone a bit soft, because one of the organizers was one of Nebraska’s own –maybe a lot like Frank Rich in the summer of 2009. About promises to carry us to new worlds. Without a concern for the accounting department.
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  1. Comment by baseball91 — June 17, 2017 @ 3:30 PM | Reply

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