Milton Presents Sarah Ruhl's "Eurydice"
A cast of eight actors, ranging from Class III to Class I, takes the stage in Wigg Hall for this fall’s 1212 Play, Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl.
The play reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists, and breathtaking visual effects, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story.
The tradition of Milton’s 1212 Plays began over 30 years ago in room 1212 of Warren Hall. The performances evolved from play readings to fully-staged productions under the direction of the late faculty member Nina Seidenman. When Warren Hall was renovated, and 1212 became an English classroom, the 1212 productions relocated to Wigg Hall. The space may have changed, but the philosophy is the same: intimate productions with small casts, minimal technical demands, and challenging material for both actors and audience.
Directed by performing arts faculty member Shane Fuller, Eurydice opens Thursday, December 4, at 7:30 p.m., and shows on Friday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 6, at 7 p.m. For ticket information, email Shane_Fuller@milton.edu.
A Tricycle Rides Back to Milton
A new art installation hanging from the rafters in the Art and Media Center completes a circle that began with two inquisitive students in the late 1970s. David Rabkin ’79 and Justin Aborn ’79 were in their junior year when they built a large, recumbent tricycle called the “A-Rab.”
“Both of us were fiddlers,” says David, who is now the Farinon director for current science and technology at the Museum of Science in Boston. “We liked building, and we were always taking stuff apart and putting it back together again. The idea of the trike came about because we really wanted to learn how to weld. Welding is one of the great crafts, being able to work with metal and bond it in a way to make it really strong.”
They approached Michael Bentinck-Smith, who was the woodworking teacher in the Lower School at the time. He agreed to teach them to weld, but to count the work as an independent project, they needed a solid idea and design.
“Something that went fast with wheels made sense to our adolescent minds,” says David. “We decided that a human-powered vehicle would be much more elegant, so the design grew from that idea. Back then, you could go to the dump and find building materials. So much of the trike came from the old Milton dump!”
Jay O'Callahan Is the Bingham Visiting Writer
Award-winning storyteller, Jay O'Callahan, performed his original stories on Wednesday evening in King Theatre. Mr. O’Callahan, this fall’s Bingham Visiting Writer, has been dubbed “a genius” by Time Magazine and trumpeted as “a theater troupe inside one body” by the Associated Press.
Mr. O’Callahan has written and performed solo pieces at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, the National Theatre Complex in London, the Olympics, the Lincoln Center, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. His work has received awards from the National Endowment of the Arts, the National Education Film Festival, the Fund for U.S. Artists at International Festivals, Parents' Choice, the New England Theater Conference and UNESCO. He is a regular contributor to National Public Radio. Most recently, NASA commissioned him to write and perform a story in honor of their fiftieth anniversary; he is currently performing Forged in the Stars at NASA locations around the country.
Watch Jay O’Callahan tell a story.
Established in 1987 by the Bingham family, the Visiting Writers Series brings esteemed writers, historians and journalists to campus, to speak and work with students and faculty. Recent lecturers have included author Francine Prose, poet Martin Espada, novelist Jeffrey Eugenides, poet Mark Doty, poet and novelist Louise Glück, and novelist Zadie Smith.