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The Department of Drama and Speech Communication produces a series of performances each year created by faculty, students, and visiting artists. Performances are open to the public. Please join us!

For media information, contact Janelle Rainville

Eurydice  |  Unconscious Curriculum


Poster for Eurydice productionPerformances: November 16 - 19th, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Matinees: November 16 & 17 at 12 p.m.

Venue: Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages Building

Tickets: $17 General / $13 Students and Seniors / $5 eyeGO

Box Office: 519-888-4908 or purchase at the door

The Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice is a sad tale of lost love and the power of music. After his love Eurydice is killed by snakebite, a grief-stricken Orpheus journeys to the land of the dead in an attempt to bring her back. His music and grief move Hades, King of the Underworld, so much so that he allows Orpheus to take Eurydice back with him under one condition: he must not look back at her. Of course he cannot help himself. Just as they are about to escape he looks back and Eurydice disappears forever.

In her play, Eurydice, Sarah Ruhl reframes the myth to focus not on the bereaved musician but on his dead bride. Choosing instead to explore the challenges facing a young woman who, while she loves Orpheus, does not want to become trapped by that love.  Eurydice’s journey becomes a thought-provoking exploration of a young woman’s discovery of her essence, even as she is losing it.

Director Matt White is not interested in yet another male-dominant exploration of the tale.  Instead Eurydice demands to be taken as an equal; to become the Musician, not simply the instrument played. Rather than focus on why Orpheus turns back, the play imagines and endorses Eurydice’s ability to take control of a situation and willingness to sacrifice everything for her freedom.

Ruhl creates a fantastical world featuring an elevator that rains, water that sings, stones who talk and a house made out of string all of which resemble something more out of Lewis Carroll’s imagination than what we think of as classic Greek drama.

Check out our Dramaturgy hub for more info on the production and the myth.

Unconscious Curriculum: Rape Culture on Campus

People sitting in a lecture hallDirected by: Andy Houston

Performances: March 16 - 19th, 2017 at 8 p.m. and March 23rd at 7 p.m.

Matinees: March 19 at 2 p.m.

Venue: Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages Building

Tickets: $17 General / $13 Students and Seniors / $5 eyeGO

Box Office: 519-888-4908 or purchase at the door

In conjunction with the performance the students of DRAMA/SPCOM 440 will create a series of collaborative installations in the Theatre of the Arts Gallery between March 14 -19.  Students will provide creative reflections on the prevalence of gender-based violence within contemporary North American society. These installations will feature multi-disciplinary art works that critically examine how the rhetoric of rape culture is supported and circulated throughout institutions, social interactions and popular channels of communication. The students of DRAMA/SPCOM 440 hope to offer new and interactive avenues in to the complex discussion on gender based violence and rape culture to help us further these conversations in our everyday lives.

Another part of the Arresting Rape Culture project is a web site.  The objective of the Arresting Rape Culture Dramatury Hub is to provide students and faculty with pedagogical, curricular, and theatre and performance creation resources in order to facilitate a deeper contextual understanding about the complexities of rape culture. Hosting an expanding Learning Exchange Space, the site offers a communication and research base comprising support networks, a range of media from the fifteenth-century to contemporary popular culture; critical resources and related reading; theatre, performance, and art project information; a dialogical space with students’ responses, classroom activities, and question centre; and information about collaborative course-related projects, the panel discussion about gendered violence, and the multimedia performance of “Unconscious Curriculum: Rape Culture on Campus.”  

Read the IMPRINT article Hidden Curriculum or Unconscious Curriculum?

On March 23rd at 3:30 p.m. the Department of Drama and Speech Communication will hold a panel entitled Gendered Violence on Campus: Institutional Policy and Practice. This panel is hosted in collaboration with the UWaterloo Equity Office, and the Special Adviser to the President—Women’s and Gender Issues.  The panel will address gendered violence, with specific attention to institutional challenges and UWaterloo’s response.

Confirmed panelists include Constance Backhouse, Professor and Holder of the University Research Chair on the Sexual Assault Legislation in Canada, University of Ottawa; Ian Orchard, Vice President Academic and Provost, UW; and Chris Read, Associate Provost, Students, UW. Further panelists, including UW students and others who play a role as related to Policy 42, will be announced at a later date. The panel discussion will provide the opportunity for Q&A and will be followed by a reception.