Adapted and directed by Michael Barakiva
With: Happy Anderson, Michael Cerveris, Gisela Chipe, Stephen Bel Davies, Carol Halstead, Merritt Janson, Joseph Midyett, Cherie Corinne Rice, Graham Stevens, Marc Vietor and more to be announced
Thanks to Ann McDonald and Howard Owens
With its exquisite language and Shakespearean scale, Milton’s epic poem explores a fundamental question of the human experience: What is evil?
This brand new interpretation is the first installment of a two-part event; Part 2: The Fall of Adam and Eve will come in 2020-21 season
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Stephen Bel Davies
Cherie Corrine Rice
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Born in 1608, John Milton stands by wide acclaim as one of the three greatest poets in the history of the English language, together with Chaucer and Shakespeare. Milton’s first published poem was, indeed, a brief poem about Shakespeare, included in the prefatory material to Shakespeare’s Second Folio of 1632. Milton himself dabbled as a playwright in his youth, yet from a very early age he aspired to join the ranks of England’s greatest literary figures not as a playwright but as the author of an epic poem, the genre of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey and of Virgil’s Aeneid. Moreover, though he was perhaps the most accomplished English writer of Latin in his day, Milton aspired to do this in his own native language, thereby doing for English what Dante had done for Italian. He would come to fulfill this ambition and then some in the form of Paradise Lost, first published in 1667.