Myths And Legends
Lulu once staged the myth of "Orpheus and Eurydice,'' starring the family.
Maybe this is what happens in families where kids aren't allowed to watch the Disney Channel or eat Cheeez-Its. So I was shocked when Lulu suggested this, since we normally avoid high culture.
In the fall, however, she got a book called "Myths and Legend'' from her friend Celia (actually Celia's mom) . It was a birthday gift and she insisted we read it to her at bedtime. We think maybe she was drawn to the book because we don't go to church and it fulfills her unmet spiritual needs. Also, she likes the pictures.
She was especially struck with" Orpheus and Eurydice.'' In this story, Eurydice, a nymph, and Orpheus, the son of Apollo, are married and deeply in love. But she dies from a snake bite. Orpheus is so grief-stricken, he travels to Hades and tries to bring her back. He plays his lyre and begs Hades and Persephone (part-time goddess of the underworld) to let her return with him.
Hades refuses, but Persephone is so moved by the music, she says Eurydice can follow him from Hades if he promises not to look back. But of course, as he's floating upward, he worries Eurydice isn't behind him and turns around "only to glimpse Eurydice's sorrowful face and her outstretched hand as she faded back into the blackness.''
In Lulu's production, Zeb was Hades, she was Persephone and Regis and I were Eurydice and Orpheus. She and Zeb had to wait downstairs until I died and joined them.
Then Regis had to come down playing Lulu's toy guitar.
"You guys, can Eurydice come upstairs?'' he asked.
"No!'' Zeb shouted.
"Yeah, its okay. She can go,'' replied Lulu.
I began ascending the staircase until Regis turned around.
"Orpheus'' I wailed, backing down the stairs with my arms outstretched.
We both pretended to cry.
It took about three minutes.
And that was the first and last play we ever performed.
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