Don Pham, Classics
'Dedication' is another Orpheus adaptation for Professor James J. Clauss's Classics 432 course. The story takes place in the modern world. Orpheus is an artist so brilliant that his audience fails to warrant his attention anymore. He's bored. His manager, Erik Weaver, fears that this may mark the end of his commision and tries to find a way to reignite Orpheus's passion. He hires a private investigator to track down the woman who was the source of his inspiration, the lovely Eurydices, only to discover she died months ago in a car accident. But Erik is not one to give up so easily. He hires Persephone, an extremely insecure and inexperienced actress who's one saving grace is an uncanny resemblence to the late Eurydices, to play the role. Though her performance is somewhat flawed, Orpheus needs little convincing that she is Eurydices because he WANTS to believe she is Eurydices. He only sees her at a regular interval for a few minutes at a time once a week before she leaves for her bus, but these encounters mean the world to him however brief they may be and how little she says. At the same time, she learns a little more about what it means to be an artist. But, no longer feeling the void that Eurydices left behind, Orpheus doesn't have the motivation to work anymore. Erik recognizes this fact and tells Persephone to coldly brush Orpheus aside, forcing Orpheus to lose her once again. And then the real tragedy of begins, with further deceptions, a death, and the final masterpiece bringing everything to a close. 'Dedication' is a 35 page screenplay (And probably about that long) that has been written and will be directed by Don Pham. It is a tragedy with bits of dark comedy early on and irony towards the end. This interpretation is intended to explores such issues as artistry, inspiration, genius, obsession, and love.