Eurydice - Movement One: Scenes 1 - 3 Summary & Analysis

Sarah Ruhl
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Orpheus and Eurydice, a couple “a little too young and a little too in love” (9) according to the playwright, Sarah Ruhl's, production notes, are running along the beach, dressed in 1950s bathing suits. With sweeping gestures, Orpheus indicates he is giving Eurydice the birds, the stars in the sky, and the sea. Eurydice protests that giving her the sea is too generous, but he insists. She asks Orpheus what he is thinking of, and he says he is thinking of music. His answer puzzles Eurydice. She thinks of music as something that one either hears or does not hear, not something one contemplates. He concedes he must be hearing music.

Eurydice tells Orpheus she has read a book with compelling arguments. Her statement puzzles Orpheus, as he thinks of statements as either right or wrong. He suggests she think of her...

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