Student-run play reinvents Greek myth of ‘Orpheus and Eurydice’

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Meighann Athena Helene dances with fire during the premiere performance of “Sang – The Bloody Tale of Orfeas and Evridiki,” on Oct. 21, 2012.

Linda Sturesson, Staff Writer

During a deadly fight between a furious Orfeas and a witch Medea, rain fell from the night sky onto the stage, and made the tale of mythological gods and sexy vampires even more dramatic.

“Sang: The Bloody Tale of Orfeas and Evridiki,” a vampiric retelling of the Greek myth “Orpheus and Eurydice,” opened Saturday, Oct. 20 on an outdoor stage at the otherwise vacant lot at 515 Garden St.

Art director and actress Violet Bast, who plays Medea, created the noir-gothic musical play. Approximately 60 people attended the event .

The idea for “Sang” came up when Bast was working on another play. She wanted to rewrite the Greek tale from Eurydice’s perspective, since she believes Orpheus’s character is written from a male point of view.

“Sexual assault is a very big thing in classical mythology,” Bast said. “The rapes just happen over and over, so I wanted to have this person’s reaction to it, [like] ‘This happened to me; I’m pissed; I’m back and this is what’s going on.'”

It is a story about the widowed poet Orfeas, played by Miranda Colette, who travels to Hades to raise his wife, Evridiki, played by City College student Sage Garven, from the land of the dead.

But Evridiki returns as a vampire and seeks vengeance for her death. As innocent bodies pile up in result of her hunger, the witch Medea tries to put an end to the massacre.

In her performance of the lead male role Orfeas, Collette wore high-heeled boots and stood close to the edge of the stage to appear taller and more masculine.

“She worked really hard at it,” Bast said. “It was inspiring watching her because her natural postures are very gracious and delicate, and she’s adorable. She had to break all the things that come natural to her.”

The soundtrack, a percussive blend of a conga drum, keyboard and Vibra-tone instruments built up a creepy, chilling feeling. Between acts, nerves were erratic and tension was palpable. The sound effects made all the difference.

The serious, poignant mood of the play was broken up by dark, sexy humor that caused the audience to burst into laughter.

Director and actor Joe Andrieu played Silenus, the Greek god of drunkenness and winemaking. A dancing, horny, half-naked man with a dildo attached to his crotch was definitely one aspect that lit up the otherwise morbid play.

“Sang” is an intimate horror production with a dedicated group of actors whose main goal is to entertain. Even with a low budget, their golden costumes looked amazing. You’d never guess they were bought on eBay or at Goodwill.

It’s hard to point out the negatives of the show, since the positives outnumber them. However, it is easy to get confused with the characters’ Greek names such as Atropos, Dionysus and Aristo, Aristea, Ariston, et al.

Despite the confusion and the rain, the audience didn’t move an inch until the final act was finished.

A masquerade ball with three DJs spinning records followed the show. At midnight, a fire show was performed by three actors, one of them being Meighann Helene, a City College student who played several roles in the play.

Upcoming shows are 21+ on Saturday, Oct. 27, and an 18+ show on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

The play is produced by Sexy Sandwich Productions. Tickets can be purchased at www.sangvampire.com for $20.