Milton’s traditional 1212 productions date back to the pre-Student Center days, when Warren Hall, Room 1212 was home to the intimate productions that—without the allowance of much technical support—relied on the atmosphere of an informal setting and strong performance to stage a crowd-pleaser. These days the beloved 1212 plays are brought to life in Wigg Hall, and this spring’s 1212 production, Hecuba, promises an entertaining evening.
Written by Euripides, one of classical Athens’ great tragedians, Hecuba takes place after the Trojan War, when the city of Troy has fallen. Hecuba and her daughter Polyxena are enslaved to Agamemnon, and the story that unfolds depicts Hecuba’s grief over the sacrifice of her daughter and the revenge she takes over the loss of her son, Polydorus. At the tragedy’s center is the status of women—who at this time in history are out of power and at the margins of society—shown through Hecuba’s suffering, revenge, and eventual metamorphosis.
Directed by performing arts faculty member Peter Parisi, Milton’s production of Hecuba fills Wigglesworth Hall on Thursday, May 1, and Friday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, May 3, at 7 p.m.