Adapted by Michael Barakiva
Cast to be announced!
With its exquisite language and Shakespearean scale, Milton’s epic poem poses and seeks to answer a fundamental question of the human experience: What is evil?
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ABOUT THE PLAY
This reading will be of an edited version of the first half of Milton's poem, primarily focused on the fall of Satan. More coming soon.
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.