Annie Winneg makes her IDS debut as Eurydice. A senior at Noble and Greenough School, Eurydice's leading lady shares her thoughts with us on the character, the rehearsal process, and the future.
Tell us about the character you play in Eurydice. Are they similar to you in any way? Are they very different?
I play Eurydice, an innocently sweet yet internally complicated young woman trying to comprehend love and loss in her life. Unlike myself, Eurydice has unyielding curiosity and a love for all things complex and intellectual. In addition, she can't carry a tune or keep a beat, skills I fortunately have acquired over the years. On the other hand, like Eurydice, I adore people but am an absolute mess at parties.
Do you have a favorite moment in the play?
I am obsessed with every moment in the play when all the Stones are on stage. I have to conciously stop myself from watching every move they make at all times. They are a cohesive, eclectic, and brilliant group of characters, and I simply can't get enough of them.
Has there been a particularly exciting moment of the rehearsal process? A particularly difficult one?
During one of the first few weeks of rehearsal, we choreographed Eurydice's fall and the elevator to the Underworld, both of which required unbelievable patience, strength, and even acrobatics on the part of the Stones. The final product was awesome, and it was the first time in the process when I thought, "Wow, I have never done anything like this before. This is incredible!" I am embarrassed to say that the most difficult moment for me in the process thus far was the [pre-production] photoshoot in Nashua. I am the least photogenic person on the planet, so all the costumes and posing made me want to crawl out of my skin.
What's next for you after Eurydice?
College, and then whatever people do after.
Do you have a favorite myth?
Besides Orpheus and Eurydice, which has recently taken 1st place on my list of favorite myths (for obvious reasons), I love the story of Eros and Psyche. The myth is all about the soul finding love, and it reads like an ancient Greek version of Beauty and the Beast.