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Seton Hall Students to Perform 'Months on End' at Theatre-in-the-Round

Seton Hall students Kyle Micale, front, and Anthony Katic rehearse a scene for "Months on End," which opens on the Seton Hall campus on Dec. 5. Credits: Madelyn Abdalla

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ -- The Seton Hall theater program will bring Craig Pospisil’s “Months on End” to life in the Theatre-in-the-Round, located on the university’s campus, this week.

The play, directed by student Christopher Milliman under the faculty mentorship of professor Deirdre Yates, will be performed at 8 p.m. from Dec. 5-7 and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 8.  Admission is free, and the community is invited to attend.

Each of the play’s scenes, one for each month of the year, tells its own story while portraying the different characters’ lives over the course of a full calendar year, Milliman said.

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In each month, the audience will see a glimpse of the characters’ lives and how their relationships change, Milliman said.

“It’s a different show in that the play tells many different stories, rather than one longer one,” Milliman said. “Ultimately, the characters in it are very relatable. They’re very real and the situations they face throughout the play are very familiar situations including breakups, affairs, weddings, etcetera.

“In this way, the audience may very well see themselves in one or more of the characters,” Milliman said.

He said that all of the characters are linked in some way whether they are friends or family.

“Each of the 10 characters has their own story and progression over the year,” Milliman said. “However at the center of this circle of friends, we have Ben, played by Ben Yates, and Phoebe, played by Christine Byrne, who are engaged.”

Bryne said, “Phoebe knows how to play the game of life but every time she gets up to bat, she strikes out because she doesn’t dig her heels in and trust herself.”

Milliman said other characters include Walter, played by Kyle Micale, and Elaine, played by Elise Pfail.

“I really relate to Elaine because we were both in similar situations,” student Elise Pfail said. “Falling for guys that were falling out of or not in love with us and then getting our hearts broken.  But we both found solace in someone who understood us… She’s an incredible character in that though she may deny it, she is one of the more emotionally centered in the entire show.”

Each year, the Department of Communication and the Arts allows students to propose plays to be performed as part of the academic theater program’s main stage season and then a student directs it, Milliman said.

“I found a summary of ‘Months on End,’ ordered a script to read and really enjoyed the play’s characters and concept, so I proposed it,” Milliman said.

For updates on future Seton Hall theater productions, like “Seton Hall Theatre” on Facebook and follow “setonhalltheatre” on Instagram.

The reporter is a student participating in hyperlocal journalism partnership between The Alternative Press and Seton Hall University's Department of Communication & The Arts.

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