1212 Play: Lovers Quarrels
by Kate Higgins on Friday, May 17th, 2013
From May 2nd to 4th, Wigglesworth Hall, also known as “Big Wigg” to some, came to life as fourteen Milton actors took the stage. This year’s 1212 play is Lover’s Quarrels, Moliere’s first successful comedy. The challenging script, translated from French to English by Richard Wilbur, is written entirely in rhyming couplets. Actors had to juggle this heavy verse while performing a light-hearted yet complex plot. The play stars a young girl, Ascagne, played by Ellen Askey (III), who disguises herself as a boy in order to receive an inheritance. To further complicate matters, Ascagne falls in love with the rightful inheritor, Valere, played by Adam Basri (I), and the two get married. However, Valere mistakenly believes that he is marrying Lucile, Ascagne’s sister. Conundrums and humorous misunderstandings bring to life Ascagne’s deceptions, making for an entertaining play.
Though this production tested the actors’ abilities, the cast still had a great deal of fun during rehearsals. Ellen Askey says she most enjoyed getting to know people she otherwise would not have interacted with and “doing so in a hilarious environment.” In addition to getting closer to the other members of the cast, Ellen also adds that she is proud of the play, especially when she’s “walking between classes and people [she’s] never talked to before congratulate [her] on the performance.” Additionally, with Mr. Parisi as director, funny memories were a guarantee. “When Mr. Parisi is there directing and when you have such a funny cast, you go to rehearsal almost sure you’ll get a good laugh, even if it is at your own expense,” Ellen says.
This year, students continue the Milton tradition, which embodies the same philosophy today as it did thirty years ago: imitate productions with small casts, minimal technical demands, and challenging material for both actors and audience. Next year, the fall, winter, and spring 1212 plays will continue to bring another great production to the Milton community.
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