[Milton-L] Samson Agonistes performed Oct 14th in NYC

Achsah Guibbory aguibbor at barnard.edu
Wed Oct 9 15:56:37 EDT 2013


Yeah, the "without his hair" got me too, but for slightly different reasons
(is he bald? will he get a wig?). I thought it was funny, and funny enough
to not be sure I wanted to see this reading!!! Achsah


On Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 3:53 PM, John K Leonard <jleonard at uwo.ca> wrote:

> The words that jarred on me were "without his hair" ("the biblical hero,
> imprisoned, blind and without his hair, faces God"). Without his hair? *
> Really?* Samson refers to "these [not "those"] redundant locks" (567) as
> if they had regrown and were now present and flowing in waves ("redundant"
> in the Latin sense) even though he thinks they are also redundant in the
> other sense ("to no purpose"). The point is that Samson has got his
> strength back (which is why he is able to perform wonders in both mill and
> temple). Does anyone seriously believe that Samson is still physically
> weak during the action of the drama? Harapha might have imagined that he
> was before his encounter with Samson, but he surely knows otherwise by the
> time he exits, which is why the encounter (pace Dr. Johnson) is not
> redundant.
>
> John Leonard
>
> On 10/09/13, *David Urban *<dvu2 at calvin.edu> wrote:
>
> Interesting that they say that Samson "faces God in this lyrical, violent
> epic."
>
> How does that description sit with those who argue that a (the?) main
> point of *Samson Agonistes* is God's absence?
>
> (Of course, they also call Milton's drama an "epic," and it's debatable if
> it's "violent," given that no physical violence takes place on stage.)
>
> In any event, an interesting description, albeit of debatable accuracy.
>
>
> David V. Urban, Ph.D.
> Associate Professor of English
> Calvin College
> 1795 Knollcrest Circle SE
> Grand Rapids, MI 49546-4404
> Office Phone: (616) 526-8646
>
>
>
>
> On 10/9/13 1:51 PM, "David Ainsworth" <dainsworth at as.ua.edu> wrote:
>
> >I'm passing along this announcement of a dramatic reading of Milton's
> >Samson Agonistes, this Monday in New York City.
> >
> >Please note that Milton Society members can get a discount!
> >
> >David
> >
> >October 14 at 7:30pm
> >Red Bull Theater presents
> >SAMSON AGONISTES
> >by John Milton
> >The biblical hero, imprisoned, blind and without his hair, faces God
> >in this lyrical, violent epic.
> >Directed by Michael Sexton
> >With Ron Cephas Jones, Robert Cuccioli, Richard Easton, Alfredo
> >Narciso, Joan Macintosh, Dakin Matthews, Christina Rouner, Robert
> >Stanton, and Marc Vietor
> >Lucille Lortel Theater, 121 Christopher St.
> >
> >Tickets for Milton Society members are 35% off with code "MILT35"
> >Click this link for tickets
> >https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/9824295/prm/Milt35
> >or visit www.redbulltheater.com/readings
> >
> >All the best,
> >Craig
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