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The River Bride and Eurydice - Woodburn High School Theatre

The River Bride and Eurydice - Woodburn High School Theatre

Woodburn High School Theatre is proud to announce a pair of upcoming productions that are both contemporary retellings of world fables. The first play, The River Bride by Marisela Trevino Orta, opens April 27. The second show is Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl and begins the following weekend, on May 4.

The River Bride is based on a dark, romantic fable from the Amazon region. Three days before a wedding, a handsome and mysterious man is fished from the Amazon River. Set once upon a time in a small Brazilian fishing village, this story follows two sisters, their regrets and conflicting longings. It premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2016. This production is directed by Woodburn High School Theatre teacher Caleb Thurston. The show will run one for one weekend only, April 27-29 at 7:30 pm and a matinee April 29 at 2:00 pm at the Woodburn High School auditorium.

Eurydice is a new interpretation of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. After a bizarre and tragic accident, Eurydice is reunited with her deceased father in the underworld. Meanwhile, her husband Orpehus is determined to use music and his deep affection to call her back to the living. Sarah Ruhl’s poetic script explores the timeless question: is true love enough to overcome death itself? The show will run one weekend, May 4-6 at 7:00 pm and a matinee on May 6 at 2:00 pm. Thanks to a partnership with the City of Woodburn, the show will be one of the first public performances in the newly-renovated Bungalow Theater, downtown on Front Street. It features the creative leadership of student-director Carmen Elsasser.

Tickets are $8 general admission for either production. Tickets can be purchased from the box office starting thirty minutes before each performance. Reservations are encouraged for Eurydice as seating is limited. For more information or for seating reservations, please contact Caleb Thurston (;


Buy your tickets online! (WSD employees are free with ID at the door.)


Read more about the production and its sister project at the Woodburn Independent.