Orpheus

Orpheus sings his way through the underworld, interrupted by the wailing woes of the sinners therein. Four Larks' original libretto weaves together two millennia of poetry navigating the sublimation of grief (from Ovid to Rilke) to locate the myth at the core of our cultural identity. Developed at the J. Paul Getty Museums’ Getty Villa as part of their Theatre Lab series in March 2014.

Presented in a fabric storage warehouse in the fashion district of DTLA in April 2014. Staged in three cubic meters of sand. Scored for harp, violin, cello, glock, musical toys, banjo, alto recorder and trash percussion.

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Best of LA 2014
KCRW

“Orpheus marks Four Larks' auspicious Los Angeles debut..It's a stupendous production, it's awe-inspiring, and it's incredibly moving...the staging is spectacular...a wildly successful update of the myth.”
Huffington Post

Devised & Directed by Mat Diafos Sweeney, co-directed & choreographed with Sebastian Peters-Lazaro, written with Jesse Rasmussen
music by Mat Diafos Sweeney & Ellen Warkentine
set and properties by Sebastian Peters-Lazaro

Max Baumgarten Sisyphis, etc
Zachary Carlisle Sanders Orpheus
Danny Echevarria Violin
Genevieve Fry Harp
Reuben Liversidge Charon, etc
Esala Liyanage Percussion
Kristian Rasmussen Percussion
Prudence Rees-Lee Cello
Lisa Salvo Eurydice
Mark Skeens Hades, etc
Cassandra Ward Persephone, etc

lighting design by Tom Willis
master carpenter Max Baumgarten
costume design by Amanda Wing Yee Lee
costume assistant Joanna Reynolds with Anne-Aurelie Pillet
foyer sculptures and additional materials sourced by Regan Baumgarten
hair & makeup by Amy Dickinson with Jesse Rasmussen, provided by FACE Stockholm
associate producer / media captain Em Gift
promotional images by Eugene Lee, promotional film by Gabriel Peters-Lazaro
production assistance by Em Gift, Mallory Gross, Alessandro Rumie & Stephanie Butterworth
set & costume design originally developed by four larks with Ellen Strasser and Mallory Gross