[Milton-L] A new play about John Milton

Angelica Duran aduran at cla.purdue.edu
Thu May 11 11:55:21 EDT 2006

Dear Ms. Stephenson,

Thank you so much for telling us about this performance.  Just a thought:
there should be many Miltonists at the Modern Language Association
Conference 2006, held December 27-30 I believe and definitely in
Philadelphia, who may be interested in a reprise before or after the annual
Milton Society of America meeting during that larger conference.
Unfortunately, MLA 2006 will be the first I will miss in about 4 years.
Best of luck with the performance!


Angelica Duran
(765) 496-3957
<duran0 at cla.purdue.edu>

From: Monica Stephenson <monica at 1812productions.org>
Reply-To: John Milton Discussion List <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
Date: Thu, 11 May 2006 11:47:40 -0400
To: <Milton-L at lists.richmond.edu>
Subject: [Milton-L] A new play about John Milton

I wanted to make you all aware that 1812 productions, a non-profit theatre
company in Philadelphia, is producing a show about John Milton and his three
daughters: Anne, Mary and Deborah.  Originally, I came across the milton-l
list while doing dramaturgical research for the play and decided to share a
bit about what we are up to.  For any of you in the Philadelphia area, this
is worth checking out!
Here's a bit more information about the show:
An event over a year in the making, Daughters of Genius, by Evan Smith will
be the first world premiere by an established playwright that 1812
Productions has mounted, as well as the biggest production, in terms of
scale and budget, in 1812 history.  Daughters of Genius tells the story of
John Milton and his daughters in the days preceding the completion of
Milton's masterpiece, Paradise Lost.  These women have been relegated to the
dark of ignorance for all of their lives.  Now, as Milton nears blindness
and Anne, Mary and Deborah take dictation for him, these women see the
possibility of wisdom upon the horizon-but how they each go about claiming
it brings winged visitors, a hunchbacked heroine, and the threat of
destruction down upon their inconspicuous London household.  Part Mel
Brooks, part Oscar Wilde, (and part Ten Commandments!), Daughters of Genius
takes the battle for enlightenment from Heaven to Hell and back to England.
Daughters of Genius will run from May 19th to June 18th at St. Stephen's
Theatre, located at 10th and Ludlow Streets.  The show stars David Howey
(formerly of the Royal Shakespeare Company) as John Milton, Dawn Falato,
Grace Gonglewski, Mike Dees, Lenny Haas, Michele Guidry, and Jodi Epstein.
Tickets range from $10 to $32 and are available by contacting 1812
Productions¹ administrative office at (215) 592-9560 or online at
www.1812productions.org <http://www.1812productions.org> .
We are very proud to present this work and welcome any questions and or
insights you may have.
Monica Stephenson
1812 Productions
525 S. 4th Street, Suite 479
Philadelphia, Pa 19147
Ph: 215-592-9560
Fax: 215-592-9580

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