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Eurydice Gossip

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Black Orpheus is the movie-version of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth set in Rio, during the week of Carnival. Things are about to get crazy, folks.

Eurydice has a bunch of different and awesome things named after her: an asteroid, a genus of crustacean, and a French submarine.

Hadestown, a folk opera take on the Orpheus and Eurydice myth by Anais Mitchell, features the voices of Ani Difranco and Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver). Whose voices would you cast for the part?

The ancient Greeks believed that the real-world entrance to Hades was at Lake Averno. In 2010, police conducted an investigation into a hotel and restaurant on the shores of the lake, thinking that they were mafia hideouts. Eek! (Source.)

Tennessee William's play, Orpheus Descending, received such awful reviews when it opened that the playwright went into therapy.

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