If you need to contact someone about the rights to perform Miller’s plays, contact Patrick Herold atInternational Creative Management, at 825 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10019 or phone: (212) 556-5600. For textual issues, contact Sarah Chalfant ofThe Wylie Agency, 17 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3JA, who is Miller’s literary agent. Phone: 00 44 20 7908 5900 or fax: 00 44 20 7908 5901. You might also check theArthur Miller Trust site for updates, and learn about theArthur Miller Foundation.
Links to other American Drama Author Societies, Websites and Journals!
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Here we provide annotated links to other sites that are related to Arthur Miller and his work (also check out the teaching guides section that offers several links not referenced here that lend themselves specifically to teaching single plays). Please send us a message if you know of anything useful that we might add (please no sales sites). I try and keep these up to date, so do let me know if a link is not working or if you know to where something has been moved: e-mailSue Abbotson.
Arthur Miller Birthday Commemoration took place on Saturday, October 21, 2017, at St. Francis College in BrooklynHeights, sponsored by the Arthur Miller Society. The program began at 3 p.m. with remarks by Arthur Miller Society President David Palmer and a keynote by Susan C.W. Abbotson, Professor of Dramatic Literature at Rhode Island College. Jessica Hecht was interviewed by Janet Balakian of Kean University and Stephen Marino, the editor of The Arthur Miller Journal. Here are links to the recording on St. Francis College’s website, and on YouTube, also the interview with Hecht will be published in an upcoming edition of the Arthur Miller Journal.
The PEN America Digital Archive launched on July 26 with over 1,500 hours of audio and video material newly accessible to the public, including several speeches by Miller. The Princeton archive chronicles 50 years of PEN America’s programming on literature and freedom of expression.
The text from an interview between Leah Reddy and Susan Abbotson during the Broadway revival of The Price by the Roundabout Theatre, NYC.
Panel hosted by Patrick Gagan, on the Talking History show focused on Arthur Miller’s contributions to drama and beyond, broadcast on Newstalk.fm (Irish National Radio), 12 March, 7-8pm (GMT), 2017. Features a panel with Christopher Bigsby, Patrick Lonergan, Nicholas Johnson, and Susan Abbotson. Podcast available on the above link.
Westport Playhouse put together this great “Introduction to Miller” short film; the first 11 minutes gives a brief background with pictures, interspersed by comments from several leading scholars, then the last 7 minutes talks specifically about Broken Glass. Access onYouTubeor through the Westport Playhousewebsite.
A well-intentioned tribute from Broadway World.com, but a little patchy (and a few details are incorrect), also, it ignores all his plays of the 1980/90s and only references The Final Picture of his C21 plays.
POD CASTon Miller’s Centennial broadcast on BBC Radio 5 from the Janice Forsyth Show (18 minutes);she talks to the Rapture Theatre Director Michael Emans about their two touring Miller productions this year, All My Sons and The Last Yankee, and to leading Miller scholar, Chris Bigsby. Includes a clip of Miller talking about All My Sons.
During its production of Broken Glass in 2015, New Repertory Theater filmed a symposium and talk back with scholars Sue Abbotson, Joshua Polster and David Palmer on the topic of “Examining Arthur Miller: How Life Influences Art.” A two part video of this can be accessed on YouTube. Part one, and Part two.
The Hook: two items, the first a YouTube videocreated to advertise the production, and the second a link to various photographs from the 2015 production.
PLAYBILL is building some interesting archives, here, for example are some photographs of past productions of The Price, which has now been produced on Broadway as often as Death of a Salesman and A View from the Bridge.
Overviewof UK television productions of Death of a Salesman (from 1957, 1966 and 1996) by Amanda Wrigley.
The Guardianoffers a small gallery of stills from past productions of Death of a Salesman.
Audio Recordings Check out the L. A. Theater Works catalog to order audio tapes or CDs of various Miller plays; now available in digital format. They currently have The Crucible,Death Of A Salesman, A View From The Bridge, All My Sons, The Price, Incident At Vichy, The Man Who Had All the Luck, After The Fall, The Ride down Mount Morgan and Broken Glass and keep adding to the list. These are excellent resources with big name actors in the casts, so check them out at theirwebsite.
Teatro Vista video series on YouTube with actors taking part in their 2014 “All Latino” production of A View from the Bridge, talking about their conception of the roles: Eddie, Beatrice, Alfieri, Rodolpho, Marco,Catherine, and theDirector(Ricardo Gutierrez).
Viewreviews and details of the 1995 Colony Theatre production of Incident at Vichy.
Viewphotographs of the Russian production of The Price (Tsena), that opened in November 2012 and continues to play on select dates.
Concert In Athens, the tenth ECM release by Greek composer Eleni Karaindrou, incorporates moving performances by guests violist Kim Kashkashian, oboist Vangelis Christopoulos, and saxophonist Jan Garbarek. A primary emphasis is music written for theatre: including pieces for plays by Arthur Miller (“Requiem for Willy Loman”), Tennesee Williams and Edward Albee. Recorded November 2010.
Link toNY Postwhere David Amram tells about meeting with Miller to compose the music for After the Fall: “It was at Igor and Sonia Sudarsky’s classic neighborhood delicatessen that I worked with Arthur Miller composing the music for his play After the Fall. Miller loved Greenwich Village, and the Art was where anybody and everyone would go — there were no A tables, and Igor would make you a gigantic sandwich. He used to let me make my own behind the counter. Dustin Hoffman lived right around the corner, and after he did Midnight Cowboy, he still went to the deli because Igor was so nice to him. Whenever he had an interview, he’d take them there, so Igor would have more customers.” Also a link to aYouTube pagethat has four versions of David Amram performing “Waltz in D Minor,” the music that he composed for After the Fall.
CBCinterviewwith Arthur Miller soon after he published In Russia. He talks about the oppression he sees in all political systems, how he survived HUAC, and his love of America.
A short British documentary recently loaded to YouTube that covers Miller’s years with Marilyn Monroe. Includes interviews with Miller, in which he talks, fairly candidly, about his relationship. There are two parts–totaling around fifteen minutes.Part one. Part two.
UKsGuardianoffers a series of photographs of Miller and Monroe during their marriage.
Christopher Bigsby discusses Miller’s reputation in America in this Guardianarticle.
Clip onYouTubehas an excerpt of Miller on 60 Minutes in 1999 during which he reflects on Marilyn Monroe. The video showing the whole show has been removed.
Another British documentary on the Miller/Monroe match fromYouTube.
Digital Theatre: 2010 Apollo Theatre’s notable West End production All My Sons is available as a downloadable production (or to stream) from £6.99 at the Digital Theatrewebsite. Directed by Howard Davies and designed by William Dudley, with David Suchet as Joe Keller, Zoe Wanamaker as Kate Keller, Stephen Campbell Moore as Chris, and Jemima Rooper as Ann Deever.
Arthur Miller TrustOnly limited information, but the official trust should have up to date contact information for performance rights and Miller’s literary agent, as well as a brief bio., list of works, and some major performances.
FocusHere you can view the 1962 NBC television version of Miller’s 1945 book, Focus, with James Whitmore and Colleen Dewhurst. Miller did not write this strangely mangled production–but an interesting adaptation nonetheless. It certainly makes the 2001 movie version seem almost faithful, despite its altered ending.
Old Time radio: You can listen to Orson Welles in Miller’s radio drama Thunder from the Hills. A thirty minute treat in which Welles appears to be reading all the parts.
Links and lessons.A fairly comprehensive selection of other links here to sites that have Miller biography, and specific materials on Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, All My Sons, and A View from the Bridge—many of these contain useful lesson plan material—especially the All My Sons study guide for GCSE level (that would be grade 8-10 in the US). I’m putting a link to this one on our lesson plans page too. They keep adding, and now have a separate page for all of the material they have gathered on The Crucible.
Miller Archives:University of Delaware library Special Collections Department. Richard Hoffman-Brooklyn theater collector and book dealer, built the Arthur Miller Collection over a period of fifty years. Contains play scripts, screenplays, photographs, correspondence, financial documents, posters, flyers, periodicals, journals, theater programs, news clippings, and ephemera. The collection is open for research, and you can check out a list of their holdings on-line.
Probably the largest collection of Miller materials can be found at theHarry Ransom Center, at the University of Texas at Austin. Materials are still beingcataloged,but the extensive archive contains early sketches, notes, and draft versions for most of his plays, including Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, The View from the Bridge, After the Fall, and The Archbishop’s Ceiling. Also present are essays about the craft of playwriting, thought to be the closest thing to a complete ‘Poetics’ yet written by an American playwright. Radio scripts, numerous versions of his “cinema novel” The Misfits, interviews, speeches, articles, correspondence files, and scrapbooks are here as well.
NPR’s On Point: Death of a Playwright, aired the evening following Miller’s death on Feb. 11th 2005. Harold Bloom, Marsha Norman, Jack Beattie and Sue Abbotson discuss Miller’s legacy. The site keeps changing how you find the show, but it is there in the archives.
General Info Charles A. Carpenter has put together an excellent resource here which gives you a descriptive chronology of Miller’s plays, theatrical career, and dramatic theories , and good starter bibliographies for both primary and secondary sources. Elsewhere, the site also offers an historic overview of Western theater which allows you see where Miller comes in that timeline and development.
Death of a SalesmanThis is the Eugene O’Neill Theater’s site that offers a wealth of material about Death of a Salesman to go with their 1999 production of the play. Along with information on the O’Neill production, with biographies of the cast and creative team, you can access reviews of this production and key past productions, a variety of information on Miller, and study guide materials. You can even order tickets and souvenirs. On Miller they offer a fairly detailed chronology, brief bio. and bibliography of major critical works, and the script of Matthew Roudané’s 1985 interview with the playwright. Under “study guide” you can access fairly lengthy excerpts of various books and articles relating to Death of a Salesman by Miller and other scholars. Study guides for students and teachers, and transcripts of on-line chats with Miller and Brian Dennehy. All told, one of the most useful sites on Miller currently on the web.
Salesman Concordances SADLY NO LONGER WORKS–if you know where this can be accessed again, please let us know. Did you know the name Willy is spoken 128 times in the play, but Linda only 22? This was a database with all of the acting dialogue (N.B. none of the stage directions etc.) from Death of a Salesman in a full concordance format in which every word is indexed and connected to its textual context. You could view alphabetical word lists, frequency of words, and the text of the acting dialogue. A little confusing at first to navigate, but an interesting research tool once you get the hang of it.
General Miller Info.This site offers a very brief five-paragraph biography by Malcolm Goldstein. A very basic introduction–doesn’t even mention half the plays and is especially sketchy on recent years. The bibliography lists the obvious, and less than half of the links actually work. Of those that do, the most useful is the one to the Internet Movie Databasehttp://us.imdb.com/, which gives production details of a number of TV and film projects at home and abroad, along with some fun trivia. Others include audio files of clips from The Crucible, a review of a 1995 theater production of The Crucible, a sketchy interview that appeared on Mr. Showbiz, and a 1988 New York Times article by Richard Bernstein on Kazan and Miller.
Curtain Up. Curtain Up offers an interesting site which is easy to navigate. It gives some basic background to Miller, and a list of his “trademarks” but, most importantly, a whole collection of reviews of recent productions of Miller’s plays in New York and Williamstown, MA and they keep adding. A useful study tool.
The CrucibleHistorian Margo Burns tries to separate the fact from the fiction in Miller’s play, pointing out historical details which differ from Miller’s artistic recreation of events. This is part of an historical site with an interest in 17th century colonist New England. Burns lists historical inaccuracies in The Crucible, and points to resources where these details can be confirmed. She ends by asking some interesting questions regarding how inaccurate historical recreations (often created in the name of art) might impact the historical awareness of the reader/viewer.
Basic backgroundfrom Spartacus Educational on Miller and his best known works from the UK, aimed at Secondary/High School students.
Reference Guidefrom Perspectives in American Literature (PAL). Offers links to pages on Miller and Kazan, and America in the 1950s. Also a brief list of main primary works (up to 1994), and a very selected bibliography, with a couple of study questions. Maybe useful as a first step for high schoolers.
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