History Theatre / Hadestown

11th Feb '18 2:32:39 PM Orbiting
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* LyricalDissonance: "When The Chips Are Down" is a fatalistic but very jaunty and catchy song.



* MoodDissonance: "When The Chips Are Down" is a fatalistic but very jaunty and catchy song.



** In a heroic example, Orpheus to Hades in "Epic (Part Two)". It's in an attempt to persuade Hades to let Orpheus bring Eurydice back to the surface by comparing the two of them to Hades and Persephone. Hades is actually moved enough by it to let him try, though not without [[DealWithTheTheDevil one condition]].

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** In a heroic example, Orpheus to Hades in "Epic (Part Two)". It's in an attempt to persuade Hades to let Orpheus bring Eurydice back to the surface by comparing the two of them to Hades and Persephone. Hades is actually moved enough by it to let him try, though not without [[DealWithTheTheDevil [[DealWithTheDevil one condition]].
11th Feb '18 2:26:48 PM Orbiting
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* DestructiveRomance: Hades and Persephone, touched upon in "How Long". Despite how much they hurt each other just by being around them, they still love each other too much to give up on their relationship.

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* DestructiveRomance: Hades and Persephone, touched upon in "How Long". Despite how much they hurt each other just by being around them, near, they still love each other too much to give up on their relationship.



** In a heroic example, Orpheus to Hades in "Epic (Part Two)". It's in an attempt to persuade Hades to let Orpheus bring Eurydice back to the surface by comparing the two of them to Hades and Persephone. Hades is actually moved enough by it to let him try, though not without [[DealTheTheDevil one condition]].

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** In a heroic example, Orpheus to Hades in "Epic (Part Two)". It's in an attempt to persuade Hades to let Orpheus bring Eurydice back to the surface by comparing the two of them to Hades and Persephone. Hades is actually moved enough by it to let him try, though not without [[DealTheTheDevil [[DealWithTheTheDevil one condition]].



** Persephone in "How Long," about both Orpheus and Hades.

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** Persephone in "How Long," about both Orpheus (who just wants to see his lover Eurydice again) and Hades.Hades (who is tormented by their failed marriage as much as she is).
11th Feb '18 1:52:34 PM Orbiting
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* BadSamaritan: Hades.

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* BadSamaritan: Hades. He offers Eurydice a way out of poverty and instability, but it's all a front: once he has what he wants from her, he leaves her to work herself to death for him just like all his other workers. In "Way Down Hadestown II", the Fates imply that most of his workers were 'rescued' from similar circumstances.



* DestructiveRomance: Hades and Persephone, touched upon in "How Long."

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* DestructiveRomance: Hades and Persephone, touched upon in "How Long."Long". Despite how much they hurt each other just by being around them, they still love each other too much to give up on their relationship.



* ForegoneConclusion: Assuming you're at all familiar with Greek mythology, you can pretty much guess how this one ends.

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* ForegoneConclusion: Assuming you're at all familiar with Greek mythology, you can pretty much guess how this one ends.ends- Orpheus fails to bring Eurydice back the surface, and they never see each other again. In the opening song of the theatrical version, "Road to Hell", Hermes outright tells the audience that the story they're about to watch is "a sad tale, it's a tragedy".



** In a heroic example, Orpheus to Hades in "Epic (Part Two)."

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** In a heroic example, Orpheus to Hades in "Epic (Part Two)."Two)". It's in an attempt to persuade Hades to let Orpheus bring Eurydice back to the surface by comparing the two of them to Hades and Persephone. Hades is actually moved enough by it to let him try, though not without [[DealTheTheDevil one condition]].



* OrpheanRescue: The story is based on the myth of Orpheus.

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* OrpheanRescue: The story is based on the myth of Orpheus.Orpheus, though in this case Eurydice isn't literally dead but instead trapped in an underground city as a worker.



* StarCrossedLovers: Orpheus and Eurydice.
* SympathyForTheDevil: Persephone in "How Long," about both Orpheus and Hades.

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* StarCrossedLovers: Orpheus and Eurydice.
Eurydice end as this. Orpheus cannot return to Hadestown to see her and Eurydice cannot go to him on the surface because Orpheus broke the condition that Hades gave when he let the two of them go.
* SympathyForTheDevil: SympathyForTheDevil:
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Persephone in "How Long," about both Orpheus and Hades.Hades.
** Orpheus to Hades in "Epic III", realizing that despite all his wealth and power, the thing Hades most wants and tries so hard for is what he's already lost: his relationship with Persephone.
8th Feb '18 12:56:50 PM Orbiting
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* AnimalMotifs:
** Eurydice is repeatedly compared to a songbird, first as an inspiration to Orpheus' own musical talents, his muse. After being seduced by Hades, she's compared to a canary kept in a mine and a caged bird that can no longer fly just as Eurydice can no longer return to the surface.
** Hades is compared to a snake. Like the biblical snake, Hades is a sly tempter who manipulates Eurydice into ruining her life by offering her a choice to stay in poverty with Orpheus or live in safety and comfort in Hadestown.



* DealWithTheDevil: Orpheus makes one with Hades, as in the original myth.

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* DealWithTheDevil: Orpheus makes one with Hades, as in the original myth. He is allowed to bring Eurydice back to the surface unhindered under one condition: she follows behind him, and if he turns to look at her before they've reached the surface she must remain behind forever. Hades correctly guesses that Orpheus won't be able to take it, and he'll turn to look to know that she's still there before they reach the surface.



* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes

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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnesEvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Despite his greed and lust for power that leads him to imprison his workers underground until they drop dead, Hades genuinely loves his wife Persephone and wants to make her happy.



* IWillFindYou: Orpheus to Eurydice in "Wait For Me."

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* IWillFindYou: Orpheus to Eurydice in "Wait For Me."Me", vowing to track her down in Hadestown after she vanishes.



* ManipulativeBastard: Hades.

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* ManipulativeBastard: Hades.Hades, who never commits direct violence against Eurydice but instead lures her to Hadestown and away from her husband through seduction and preying on her fear of having to provide for both herself and Orpheus. Even when he's persuaded to give Orpheus and Eurydice a chance to be together again, he manages to come up with a deal that seems fair and which Orpheus will agree to but still ends with Hades getting exactly what he wants.



* NotSoDifferent: In a heroic example, Orpheus to Hades in "Epic (Part Two)."

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* NotSoDifferent: NotSoDifferent:
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In a heroic example, Orpheus to Hades in "Epic (Part Two)."



* WhatYouAreInTheDark: In "Hey Little Songbird," Hades tempts Eurydice. The Fates also use this in "When The Chips Are Down."

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* WhatYouAreInTheDark: In "Hey Little Songbird," Hades tempts Eurydice. Eurydice into leaving the man she loves in favor of a safe, comfortable life. She agrees, and eventually comes to regret it. The Fates also use this converse about it in "When The Chips Are Down."Down", asserting that Eurydice shouldn't be judged for her choice since most people would've done the same if they'd been in her position.
27th Jan '18 12:25:44 PM cordychase
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* DownerEnding

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* DownerEndingDownerEnding: Orpheus looks back just before they're safe, trapping Eurydice in Hadestown forever.
* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: Every time he fails to impress Persephone with his machinery, Hades doubles down, thinking if he makes it more impressive she'll finally get it, when actually she likes him best without all the neon and pretension.
27th Jan '18 12:10:28 PM cordychase
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* WomenAreWiser: Eurydice in "Wedding Song," voicing her concerns for Orpheus's monetary situation. Subverted thereafter, as Eurydice's concerns and her overall innocence lead to her seduction and subsequent imprisonment by Hades.

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* WomenAreWiser: Eurydice in "Wedding Song," voicing her concerns for Orpheus's monetary situation.situation, and in "Chant", when she's the one who cares about their dwindling stores of food and firewood. Subverted thereafter, as Eurydice's concerns and her overall innocence lead to her seduction and subsequent imprisonment by Hades.


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* YourCheatingHeart: Hades and Eurydice sleep together after he brings her to Hadestown. He's picked up multiple women this way before and then dropped them cold, according to the chorus.
27th Jan '18 11:57:29 AM cordychase
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Added DiffLines:

* HereWeGoAgain: In "Chant", Hermes complains that Hades and Persephone have the same exact fight every year.
12th Jan '17 10:17:06 AM Morgenthaler
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The album stars Mitchell as Eurydice, Justin Vernon (of BonIver) as Orpheus, Music/AniDiFranco as Persephone, Greg Brown as Hades, Ben Knox Miller (of The Low Anthem) as Hermes, and the Haden Triplets as the Fates.

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The album stars Mitchell as Eurydice, Justin Vernon (of BonIver) Music/BonIver) as Orpheus, Music/AniDiFranco as Persephone, Greg Brown as Hades, Ben Knox Miller (of The Low Anthem) as Hermes, and the Haden Triplets as the Fates.
27th Aug '15 5:26:33 PM Nothingtoseehere
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** AllThereInTheScript: The workers who sing with Hades in "Why We Build The Wall" are called Cerberus in the lyrics on the official site.



* CrapsackWorld

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* CrapsackWorldCrapsackWorld: Things are bad above ground, where poverty and starvation are always barely an inch away.
-->''Times being what they are\\
Dark and getting darker all the time''
** CrapSaccharineWorld: For Eurydice, Hadestown; she's built it up in her mind as a paradise of wealth and stability.
-->'''Eurydice:''' Everybody dresses in clothes so fine/Everybody’s pockets are weighted down/Everybody sipping ambrosia wine/In a goldmine in Hadestown



* LetsDuet: Many of the songs -- "Wedding Day," "Hey Little Songbird," "Wait For Me," "How Long," "Doubt Comes In," and "I Raise My Cup To Him."

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* LetsDuet: Many of the songs -- "Wedding Day," Day" (Orpheus and Eurydice), "Hey Little Songbird," Songbird" (Hades and Eurydice), "Wait For Me," Me" (Hermes and Orpheus), "How Long," Long" (Persephone and Hades), "Doubt Comes In," In" (Orpheus and Eurydice), and "I Raise My Cup To Him."Him" (Persephone and Eurydice).



* ShameIfSomethingHappened: "Hey Little Songbird."

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* ShameIfSomethingHappened: "Hey Little Songbird."Songbird"
4th May '15 12:56:48 PM nombretomado
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* GreekMythology

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* GreekMythologyMyth/GreekMythology
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