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Three Directors Do Eurydice

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It’s said that good things — and bad things — come in threes. The trio of directors presenting “The Bake Off: Eurydice” for Vermont Stage Company this week is obviously aiming for the former. Written by Sarah Ruhl (The Clean House), this lyrical, contemporary rendering of the Orpheus myth comes conveniently in three “movements,” explains Cristina Alicea, producing artistic director of VSC and one of the directors of Eurydice. She, Mark Alan Gordon and Margo Whitcomb will each take a section — with his or her own separate cast — in this “very stripped-down” show, says Alicea. Aptly, the production is contained to just three days this week.

Alicea says she got the directing bake-off idea from a theatrical workshop at Lincoln Center some years ago, and thought she’d try it here. The directors bring very different approaches to their 25-minute segments, from humorous to edgy, she notes, and adds that Ruhl herself has been here to observe the process. Interestingly, Alicea reveals, “Nobody really knows how the others are doing their sections.” The only parameter she gave her fellow directors was “use your imagination.”

So why divvy up a play this way? Call it full disclosure. “I think there’s a lot of mystery in how a play comes together,” says Alicea. “That’s part of the magic. But for me, the more I see, the more it deepens it.” She’s referring to the theatrical experience itself, and Alicea is devoted to engaging — and educating — local audiences. To that end, a Q&A with the directors will follow each showing of Eurydice.

"The Bake Off: Eurydice," written by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Cristina Alicea, Mark Alan Gordon and Margo Whitcomb, and performed by the Vermont Stage Company. FlynnSpace, Burlington, Friday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 19, at 2 p.m.; and Sunday, May 20, at 2 & 6 p.m. $32.50/$27 matinees.