Elysium Blues, a musical theater production from The Barkada Theater Project and written by Jessica Huang, opens Saturday, Aug. 3, at 1 p.m. in the Rarig Xperimental Theatre, U of M Rarig Center Xperimental Theatre, 330 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis. A celebration will follow from 3 to 7 p.m.
The show continues on Sunday, Aug. 4, 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 6, 10 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 8, 7 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 10 at 2:30 p.m.
Jessica Huang is a multi-racial, Minneapolis-based professional playwright, co-founder, producer and core writer of the Unit Collective, and a 2012 recipient of a Many Voices Fellowship at the Playwrights’ Center. Her work is sometimes mythical, sometimes musical and always pushing the boundaries of language, form and structure. Her work has been produced locally at Redeye Theater, Playwrights’ Center, Pangea World Theater and Pillsbury House Theatre, and nationally at 2nd Generation in New York City, the University of Missouri-Columbia, the Kennedy Center and the Source Festival in Washington D.C.
Eurydice’s death provides an escape into an underworld where recently departed souls drink to forget the pangs of life. That is, until Orpheus arrives to reclaim the woman he’s lost, and to usurp the queen.
The literary adaptation includes opera, new music, storytelling and spoken word. Scenes of violence and adult language make the show appropriate for ages 16 and up.
Rachel Austin portrays Eurydice. ShaVunda Horsley is Daphne. Devin Hueffed is Patch, and Eric Mayson is Orpheus.
A dinner after the show from 3 to 7 p.m. at the home of Eliza Rasheed, 2518 Portland Ave. S., Minneapolis. $10 or free with the opening performance or $10 a plate for all others for underworld concoction, Oblivion, and grillable goodness.
For tickets visit www.fringefestival.org/2013/show/?id=2571. Watch a preview of the show at http://vimeo.com/68654649.