1212: East of Easton Debuts
by Louisa Moore on Friday, February 22nd, 2013
If you have gone into Wigg Hall recently, you may have noticed that it looks quite different. For new students who may not know, the change in set up is due to Milton’s winter 1212 play. Held in Wigg Hall each year during the winter and spring, the 1212 production seeks, according to its official description, to provide “intimate productions with small casts and minimal technical demands/expectations and challenging material for both actors and audiences.”
This year’s 1212 production is “East of Easton.” Directed by Mr. Parisi, it features students of all grades. The play, which is actually a series of one act comedies, is written by local playwright William Donnelly. According to his website, Mr. Donnelly served as resident playwright of the Industrial Theatre from 1997 to 2000, and has written numerous plays, many of which have been performed by theatre groups across New England.
The “1212” name comes from room 1212 of Warren Hall, where the productions used to be staged before the school renovated the building. The productions were then shifted to its current venue. While it cannot hold as many people as King Theatre, Wigg Hall does offer a good amount of seating. For those who have never attended a 1212, a black curtain is hung around the circumference of the room, with space behind it for actors to stay while off-stage. The seating is against the room’s flat wall.
Milton has already had a strong showing of thespian talent this year. In the fall, students put on a main stage production of William Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night. In another tradition, a group of over thirty freshmen performed in their Class IV Play, The Three Musketeers, also in King Theatre. Of course, this winter, we have had the senior directed One Acts and the main stage production, The Musical Comedy Murders of the 1940s. And coming up in March is the ever-popular Winter Dance Concert.
Following the lead of the other Milton productions from this year, East of Easton is sure to be a great show. Eva Grant (I), a member of the cast, describes it as a series of one acts, some comedic, others darker, and says she believes the show will be a hit. As the show features both new actors and veterans of the stage, the play will be the grand debut and final sha-bang for some of Milton’s theatre- folk. It could be one of your last chances to see your senior friends perform. Don’t let the opportunity slip by—be sure to go out and support your friends and classmates on Thursday at 7:30, Friday at 7:30, and Saturday at 7:00.
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