Stacey Spain directs Tennessee Williams’ “Orpheus Descending” at Brüka Theatre on the centennial year of the author’s birth and as part of the 16th annual Artown festival. This is Williams’ take on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice as set in the South, the perfect American equivalent for emotional repression and alienation. First produced in 1940 as the “Battle of Angels,” it was his ultimate ode to his youth and took him four produced versions and 17 years to complete. It is the modern telling of Orpheus who descended into hell to rescue his wife Eurydice, a journey doomed to failure. Williams’ concept of hell is a small Southern town infested with gossip, hypocrisy and racism.
“Orpheus Descending” plays for 13 total performances at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, July 12-14, 18-20 and 25-27. A matinee performance will be held at 2 p.m. July 15 followed by a talk back with the company. The doors for all shows open half an hour before curtain time.
Reservations are available through the box office at 323-3221 or online at www.bruka.org. Box office hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Individual tickets are $18 for general admission, $16 for students, seniors and military and all tickets are $20 at the door. The theater validates parking at the Parking Gallery on First and Sierra streets. Brüka Theatre is located at 99 N. Virginia St. in Reno.