The Miller Archives at the Harry Ransom Research Center at the University of Texas in Austin are now officially established. At the start of 2018, the New York Times reported a closing sale to the University of $2.7 million and the intent of the Center to finally move forward on cataloging the extensive holdings. Miller’s journals, that span 70 years and over 80,000 pages, will be part of the collection, but not accessible until after the publication of selected extracts have been published by Viking Press. The University of Texas suggests cataloging will take around two years, but the archive is accessible to scholars and they will also be continuing to acquire Miller materials when available. The Center also offers fellowships for scholars wishing to work with the archive.
29 May-17 June, 2018: Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor will offer the world premiere of Fellow Travelers, a new play by Jack Canfora set during the McCarthy era, when Hollywood actors and writers were being blacklisted for real or perceived communist sympathies. The play examines the relationship between theater artists Arthur Miller and Elia Kazan, and their romantic connections to Marilyn Monroe. For more information, call 631-725-9500, email email@example.com or visit baystreet.org.
Dick Cavett, whose interviews in the 1960s, ’70 and ’80s made for some of the most fascinating moments in television history, has donated 2,500 of his talk show programs to the Library of Congress. His erudite collection totals nearly 2,000 hours of programming — about 78 days’ worth of viewing — and features more than 5,000 guests being interviewed, many of whom were usually shy about appearing on talk shows. They include Muhammad Ali, Woody Allen, Louis Armstrong, Fred Astaire, Lauren Bacall, James Baldwin, Marlon Brando, Ingrid Bergman, Mel Brooks, Truman Capote, Noel Coward, Duke Ellington, Helen Hayes, Jim Henson, Katharine Hepburn, Alfred Hitchcock, Myrna Loy, Norman Mailer, Mickey Mantle, Groucho Marx, Arthur Miller, Toni Morrison, Paul Newman, Laurence Olivier, Anthony Perkins, Ronald Reagan, Jackie Robinson, Mort Sahl, Charles M. Schulz, Steven Spielberg, Gloria Swanson, Gore Vidal, Orson Welles, Tennessee Williams and Joanne Woodward. In his interview with Miller, Miller describes being blacklisted because of his protests against McCarthyism and the writing of The Crucible.
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.
Arthur Miller takes sixth place in American Theatre magazine’s list of the most-produced playwrights of 2017-18 (last year he was in third place).
Fall 18 May-17 June, 2018 by Bernard Weintraub at Huntington Theatre Company, in the South/End Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont Street, Boston. Directed by Peter DuBois. An exploration of the lesser known story of Miller and his third wife, photographer Inge Morath, and the divide between their public personas and private lives, regarding their son Daniel. Call 617 266 0800 or check the website. Tickets will go on sale mid-August 2017.
10-12 Nov. 2017 EIGHT ABIGAILS: A Dance Piece by Kaitlin McCarthy at Velocity Dance Center, 1621 12th Ave, Seattle, WA. An abstract dance performance loosely based on Arthur Miller’s The Crucible that “investigates and reimagines the teenage villain, Abigail Williams, a young woman teetering on the edge of sanity, survival, and insurgency.” Call 206-325-8773 or check the website.
Erin Sullivan’s one-woman cabaret show about the iconic screen actress, “With Love, Marilyn,” plays at Thalian Hall, Wilmington, NC. on Oct. 13. Parts about her romances with Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller are squeezed in alongside the show’s 11 songs. Call (910) 632-2285 for tickets.
The Essential Marilyn Monroe, Milton H. Greene: 50 Sessions, published by ACC editions, is a new collection of 400 images, many never before published, that includes some of Monroe with Miller.
For season 2 of American Masters, Thirteen/WNET’s bi-weekly podcast series, the second episode aired on 29 August will feature previously unreleased interviews with Arthur Miller, as they explore The Crucible‘s themes and the fear of being blacklisted when McCarthyism struck Hollywood. Actresses Madeleine Sherwood and Lee Grant also feature.
BBC Radio 4 will be re-airing the 4 part show on Miller’s life written by Mike Walker, “The Life and Times of Arthur Miller” produced in collaboration with LA Theatre Works. It was first aired back in 2015. The first episode, “Beginnings” will air on July 26th 2017 at 2.15pm, each episode is 45 minutes, and it will be available to stream for a time after that on their website. Narrated by Ed Harris, with Ben Feldman as Arthur Miller, and the voices of Gregory Itzin, Kate Burton, Matthew Wolf, Andre Sogliuzzo, Devon Sorvari, Michael Kirby, Anna Lyse Erikson, Jane Kaczmarek. Directed by Kate McAll.
9 July 2017 at 7pm, an evening of Williams and Miller as part of Savoy Bookshop & Café’s “Savoy After Hours” series, 10 Canal St., Westerly, RI. Extracts from Salesman and Streetcar directed by Elissa Englund, with Mary Sue Frishman, and Patrick Cozzolino. Following the event, the actors and the director will answer questions from the audience and give background information about the process of staging the scenes.
2 July, 2017, Reader’s Theatre at to the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City. CA, featuring “stories by master storytellers Edwidge Danticat, Jill McCorkle, Carolyn Cooke and Arthur Miller.” Directed by Tim O’Connor, with Gaylie Bell-Stewart, Bruce Kelly, Dave Irons and Carolyn Winters. Call (530) 265-5040 or check the website.
OCTA-Fest: Every year on the fourth weekend of June, Cincinnati’s Association of Community Theatres — they call themselves “ACT” — brings together numerous volunteer theaters to present excerpts from their past seasons. Performances can be up to 30 minutes; three will be presented tonight, and six more starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. It’s a perfect chance to see samples of the depth and breadth of theater work put onstage by hard-working and talented people, perhaps some of your neighbors. They’re vying to move on to a statewide competition for honors from the Ohio Community Theatre Association (OCTA). Excerpts include selections from musicals including American Idiot, Side Show and Always, Patsy Cline and plays such as Arthur Miller’s All My Sons and Richard Greenberg’s Take Me Out. The event is held at Miami University-Hamilton’s Parrish Auditorium (1601 University Blvd., Hamilton). Info: actcincinnati.org
Soulpepper Theater’s production of Incident at Vichy picked up the award at the Canadian Dora Mavor Moore Awards (2016-17 season) for outstanding ensemble, an award that many view as meaning “second-best production.”
Blame, a new movie written, directed, edited, and starring 22-year-old Quinn Shephard is doing the film competition circuit. Its plot, following a burgeoning affair between a teacher and student has connections to The Crucible, deliberately inferred by the teacher assigning the play to the class for them to create their own adaptations.
Danny DeVito was nominated for both Tony and Drama Desk awards for his role as Gregory Solomon in the 2017 Broadway revival of The Price. He won the Drama Desk award!
Hello: I’m Arthur Miller’s Unknown Child is the final installment in Vancouver-playwright Susanna Uchatius’ theatrical trilogy that follows her idea of the story of Miller’s son Daniel (based on her reading of the Vanity Fair article). Runs May 5th to 13th 2017 at Vancouver’s KW Studios. The playwright’s daughter, Alex Edwards (who suffers from brain damage), plays Daniel. The first installment, The Secret Son, tried to tell the story from the author’s point of view (as a Greek tragedy dealing with a buried secret), the second, Egni’s Eye, from the mother’s point of view, coming to grips with the situation, and this third focuses on Daniel’s point of view.
#60 Brooklyn Boy Made Good, 25-26 April created by Marc Limpach for Luxembourg’s Grand Théâtre, 1 Rond-point Schuman, L-2525 Luxembourg-Limpertsberg. Directed by Thierry Mousset, with Isaac Bush, Elisabet Johannesdottir, and Leila Schaus. Includes excerpts from Miller’s autobiography, essays, open letters and interviews accompanied by live music and completes the month-long focus on Miller by the venue. Check the website for more information.
Manila, Philippines–One of Manila’s premier arts festival, Fringe Manila, Theater House of Black (#14 Leandro Road), and Antipara Collective team up to bring to the stage three theater shorts “Si Edgar, Si Allan at Si Art,” adapted from work by Poe, Miller, Sartre and William Golding. Episode I: Kuba-O: Ang Kwento ng Sinaunang Bruha (is based onThe Crucible). The proceeds of the production will go to the Stage Dreams Foundation, a non-profit organization that teaches theater and other art forms to children in rural areas in the country. The show runs 22-23 Feb. 22, at Cultural Center of the Philippines’ (CCP) Tanghalang Huseng Batute. For ticket inquiries, call TicketWorld (632) 891 9999 or (63921) 3011260 or (632) 9894599.
As part of the Short+Sweet Theatre festival 11 Jan-19 March 2017 at the Depot Theatre, 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville, Sydney, NSW, Australia, Jasper Lee-Lindsay’s short play, Arthur and Marilyn will run in the fourth week 1-5 Feb. and recreates the possibilities of the first meeting of Miller with Marilyn Monroe at a Hollywood party in 1951. Directed by Danen Young and featuring Alec Ebert and Meg Hyeronimus. Check the website for more information.
Susan Johann’s 2016 book of photographs, Focus on Playwrights (University of South Carolina Press) contains a portrait of Miller (also on its cover) taken in 1996; while she did interview many of the artists within, Miller declined the invitation. When the request was made he replied, “No, I’ve given that up.” And when Johann asked if she could quote him on that point, he replied, “Yes. Perhaps it will discourage others from asking.”
20 Nov. Arthur Miller at 100 on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 3 p.m. at Temple Emanuel, 150 Hicks Lane, Great Neck, NY. The program has been created and will be performed by actress Shirley Romaine, and includes background on Miller, his plays, a live performance, and selections from his films. Call the co-sponsor, Great Neck Library at (516) 466-8055 for more information.
17 Oct. at 11.30 am Historic Landmarks Preservation Center will hold a cultural medallion ceremony to honor Miller at his former residence 62 Montague Street, Brooklyn. In attendance are the Chair of the New York State Council on the Arts, Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, the author Ron Chernow, scholars Stephen Marino, Enoch Brater, director Gregory Mosher and Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director of PEN America. All are welcome to attend.
17 Oct. Launch of the new Arthur Miller Society website.
16 Sept. at 8pm (Friday) Brian Dennehy will discuss O’Neill, Miller, and Beckett at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture, 18 Bleecher Street, NYC. An evening of performance and conversation moderated by Anne Cattaneo. For tickets call (212) 925-2812 or check their website.
Temple Anshe Amunim, Pittsfield, MA will host a four-part Play Analysis series on Tuesdays in July, beginning July 5, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The topic is “The Corrupting Influence of Materialism in Plays by Arthur Miller and David Mamet.” This course will be taught by Dr. Barbara Waldinger of Hofstra University, Marymount Manhattan College, and Queens College. The cost for the four-session course is $40 for Temple members and $45 for non-members; or $15 for any individual session. For more information, contact the Temple Anshe Amunim office at 413-442-5910 or visit their website.
The Persian version The Price has recently been released by Afraz Publications in Tehran, translated by Jafar Mirzai and Maryam Hosseini. Death of a Salesman, The Crucible and All My Sons are also available in Persian
9 Tony nominations for Ivo Van Hove’s 2 Miller revivals: View from the Bridge: Best Revival of a Play (WON); Ivo Van Hove Best director (WON); Mark Strong best actor; Jan Versweyveld best scenic design; Jan Versweyveld best lighting design. The Crucible: Best Revival of a Play; Sophie Okonedo best actress; Bill Camp best actor in a featured role; Jan Versweyveld best lighting design.
Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody, 27 April-31 July created by Second City veterans Tim Ryder and Tim Sniffen, and written by Sniffen for Writers Theatre, at the Gillian Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL. Play combines Death of a Salesman, A Streetcar Named Desire, Glass Menagerie, Our Town, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Directed by Stuart Carden and Michael Halberstam, with Marc Grapey (Willy Loman), Jennifer Engstrom, John Hoogenakker, Michael Perez, Sean Fortunato and Karen Janes Woditsch. Set design by Linda Buchanan. Call (847) 242-6000 or check the website.
Idaho band a.k.a. Belle and wild horse group Wild Love Preserve have collaborated on a very special project to benefit the preservation of Idaho’s wild horses with the band’s new single, Mustangs, apparently inspired by The Misfits.
Kingdom City 4-14 Feb. by Sheri Wilner by University of Illinois Theatre Department, in Krannert Center’s Studio Theatre, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL. Directed by J.W. Morrissette, with Ford Bowers, Jessica Kadish, and Jordan Gleaves. Built around an attempted production of Miller’s The Crucible, Wilner gives an articulate voice to both sides of a controversy that surrounds the staging of the play in an ultra-conservative high school in the Midwest. Call 333-6280 or check the website.
Joan Copeland in a rare reading of her brother’s short story “The Performance.” The private industry reading will take place at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Creative Center on Monday, February 1 at 7PM. “The Performance” is part of a collection of short works from Miller’s Presence: Stories (2008).
The Arthur Miller Foundation will be celebrating Arthur Miller’s 100th Birthday with a star-studded, one-night-only performance of Miller’s seminal works directed by Gregory Mosher. Originally scheduled for 16 Nov. 2015, this event will now take place on 25 Jan. 2016. It will take place on the stage of Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre, where Miller’s drama A View From the Bridge is currently being revived. Emmy winner and Tony nominee Alec Baldwin will join Pulitzer-winning playwrights Sam Shepard and Tony Kushner, and performers Bradley Cooper, Laurence Fishburne, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Ellen Barkin, Ayad Akhtar, McKinley Belcher, Ray Fisher, Greta Gerwig, Jake Gyllenhaal, Katori Hall, Peter Sarsgaard and John Turturro for a special evening of Arthur Miller readings Jan. 25, 2016, to mark the latter playwright’s centennial, according to Variety. The celebrities are scheduled to read excerpts from Miller’s autobiography Timebends, along with speeches from his plays Death of a Salesman and All My Sons, as well as unpublished works. Proceeds will go to the Arthur Miller Foundation for Theater and Film Education, “which aims to provide mentorship, training and support for new theater teachers and increase the number of New York City public schools that have access to theater education.”
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