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from Miller’s works, including All My Sons, The Crucible, View from the Bridge, After the Fall, The Archbishop’s Ceiling, and American Clock. The event features visual and audio resources to address themes that run throughout Miller’s work: history, tragedy, family, nation, politics, and philosophy. Up Against the American Dream FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2 p.m.
David Savran, Distinguished Professor of Theatre at the CUNY Graduate Center, presents “Arthur Miller and the Broadway Canon.” Despite the money and celebrity that has surrounded Broadway for the last 100 years, the commercial New York theater has served as a forum for what is now deemed serious drama for less than half of that period. Indeed, the group of great playwrights who had their work routinely performed on Broadway is a small one, beginning with Eugene O’Neill in 1920 and ending with Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller in the early 1960s. This talk addresses the construction of the canonical, Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway play with a focus on Arthur Miller’s work in an attempt to discern Miller’s unique position in the history of the commercial theater.
Special Events/Releases 2006
- Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies has a special Arthur Miller Edition: Volume 11, Number 2 (2005): ISSN: 12 18-7364. It contains several new essays on Miller’s work. This journal is published twice a year by the Institute of English and American Studies, University of Debrecen, Hungary. HJEAS is available through subscription. A year’s subscription (2 issues) is $40 or €30 postpaid. Individual issues are $25 or €17 postpaid. To subscribe send a personal check made payable to “University of Debrecen,” mail to HJEAS, Institute of English and American Studies, University of Debrecen, 4010 Debrecen Pf. 73, Hungary.
- “Great Literature of All Times” — Oro Valley Public Library, Tucson, AZ in the library meeting room at 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Bill Fry will discuss Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible. 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 16. Free. 229-5300.
- The American Association of University Women will read The Crucible by Arthur Miller on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006 at 1:30 p.m. in the Flett Room of the Belmont Public Library. The Read Aloud will be led by Janet Khattab and Dolores Murphy, both from Belmont. AAUW members and guests are invited to read parts of the play or just listen and enjoy. No preparation is required. The public is welcome. The event is free of charge. The next
monthly reading will be on Tuesday, Oct. 31 at the Burlington Library. The selected reading will be Death of a Salesman. For more information, contact Liz Blumenthal at 781-641-5159.
- Through September 15, 2006, the Museum of the City of New York presents the exhibit New York Creative: Portraits by Everett Raymond Kinstler, which focuses on his interpretations of celebrated figures from the world of arts & letters in New York. Fifty oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, and charcoal sketches of such cultural luminaries as artists Will Barnet and Jacob Lawrence, writers Tom Wolfe and Arthur Miller, and performers Tony Bennett and Paul Newman will be on view.
- Westport Country Playhouse Sunday Symposium discussed “Arthur Miller: Artists’ Struggle in the Face of Repressive Government Censorship” on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2006, following the 3 p.m. performance. The symposium is free and open to the public. Guest speakers will be Brenda Murphy, professor of English at the University of Connecticut, and Roya Hakakian, author and filmmaker.
- All My Sons 30 July, 2006, a reading in honor of Israel Horovitz performed by Peter Boyle, Lucy Boyle, Alice Duffy, Joe Pacheco, Melinda Lopez, and Richard McElvain (Boyle was sick and his role was taken by Klein on the day of performance).
- 7 June, 2006, Prague. The 16th Prague Writers’ Festival was dedicated to Miller whose quotation “There Is No Life Without Ideals” was adopted for this year’s festival motto.
- Awake & Singing: New Edition, edited and annotated by Ellen Schiff and published by Applause Theatre and Cinema Books, 2004 has added Broken Glass to its playlist. The plays in the collection have been chosen, as Schiff explains, because “they bring to life before our eyes many of the seminal events that shaped the American Jewish experience through the last century: immigration, family life and generational conflicts, the Great Depression, “making it” in America, encounters with anti-Semitism, the Triangle Fire, assimilation, two world wars, the Holocaust and Israel nationhood.”
- “Birth of a Playwright: Arthur Miller at Michigan.” The project revolves around Miller, how and why he chose University of Michigan and the development of his craft while at the University. Produced by Chris Cook for U-M TV2. WFUM-TV: http://www.wfum.org U-M TV2: http://www.michiganchannel.org
- Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk will deliver the inaugural “Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture” at the PEN World Voices Festival on its opening night, Tuesday, April 25, 2006.
- “The Arthur Miller Project” April 6-9 2006 in The Old Science Hall Lab Theatre at Oklahoma University, Norman, OK. This is an original script written by Oklahoma University graduate student Jason Gerace to honor the playwright. It is made up entirely of the playwright’s works, including his essays, speeches and his autobiography, as well as scenes from his plays. Gerace emphasizes the playwright’s thoughts on the nature of tragedy, organized by four themes: fear, man in society, name and death — all of which are used to connect the piece in its entirety. Performed by Rachel Kerbs, Matthew Altobelli, Travis McElroy, Matt Carpenter, and Meghan Caves. Performances at 8 p.m. Thurs- Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults, faculty, staff and senior adults and $6 for students.
- 17 March, 2006: “The Works of Arthur Miller.” Tony Kushner in conversation with Michael Krasny. 6:30 p.m. at Berkeley Repertory Theater, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley. Tickets are free with the purchase of Arthur Miller: Selected Plays, 1944-1961 at Cody’s Books, 2454 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley, or $15 at the door if any tickets still available. (510) 845-7852.
- 15th March, 2006: Tony Kushner and Robert Brustein in a multimedia celebration of the publication of Arthur Miller: Collected Plays 1944-1961 (Library of America). In addition to discussing Miller’s plays, the evening will feature a screening of The Misfits. Wednesday, at 6 p.m., at the Brattle Theatre, Cambridge. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Harvard Book Store. Or get two free tickets when you buy the book for $35, with all proceeds benefiting the embattled Brattle. Call 617-661-1515.
- February 2006, Films Media Group releases The Drama of Creation, Writers on Writing, a 46 minute documentary on playwrights which includes new interviews with Miller alongside other dramatists including August Wilson, Arthur Miller, Wendy Wasserstein, Tina Howe, Terrance McNally, Neil Simon and Edward Albee who talk about their writing techniques and inspirations. Their press releases talks about Miller’s disclosure about how he wrote the concept for Death of a Salesman during his college days in Brooklyn and had forgotten about the manuscript until years later. We can assume they are talking about the short story “In Memoriam.” Content for the documentary is the culmination of two decades of interviews with featured playwrights, compiled by the Media Resources Center of Wichita State University under the leadership of executive director Michael Wood. FMG currently has 2,000 titles available digitally through its FMG On Demand service launched in September. With 200 new titles being added each month, this collection includes many exclusive offerings from leading producers and broadcasters including PBS, BBC and ABC News as well as original content produced by FMG. The Drama of Creation, Writers on Writing is a product of FMG’s Films for the Humanities & Sciences brand, tailored specifically for advanced level high school and college students. For reviewers, if you would like to receive a complimentary DVD or VHS review copy of The Drama of Writers, Writers on Writing or speak to the FMG producers responsible for its creation, please contact John Hartnett at (609) 671-5716. A transcript is also available on request. For a preview of the film or for information, visit website. To watch the entire movie online: then type the word “review” in the playlist code box and select “Go.” Click the “Play” button in the lower left-hand corner underneath the black screen. This free, full-length feature is for private use only, not for broadcast, and will expire at midnight on March 17, 2006. They welcome your review of this film.
- Christopher Bigsby will be participating in a panel discussion on the works of Miller at the Theatre Museum, London, on March 5th 2006, as part of events surrounding the Scott Davison production of Two Way Mirror.
- “Tribute to Miller”: Feb. 10th 2006. Actors Eli Wallach, Marian Seldes and Frances Sternhagen will be among the readers next week at a tribute to Arthur Miller, whose collected works are being published by the Library of America. The readings are to take place Friday, Feb. 10th 2006, the first anniversary of Miller’s death, at St. Bartholomew’s Church in midtown Manhattan. The event, for which admission is free, is sponsored by TIPA (Toward International Peace Through the Arts), a nonprofit organization. Miller’s sister, Joan Copeland, will also appear at the reading.
- From January to March 2006, the multi-award-winning Octagon Theatre, Bolton (UK), presents Miller at the Octagon, a short series of two plays celebrating the work of one of the twentieth century’s great playwrights, Arthur Miller – A View From The Bridge (26 Jan – 25 Feb 06) and Broken Glass (2 – 25 Mar 06).
- A voluminous collection of essays has just been published in India under the title, Arthur Miller: Twentieth Century Legend. Several society members contributed essays and it has been published by Surabhi Publications. Edited by Dr. M. A. Syed, it totals 408 pages and costs the equivalent of $18 in India. Write to Mr. Suresh, Surabhi Publications, Rasta Sanghiji, S M S Highway, Jaipur- 302 003, Rajasthan, for more information.
- Westport Arts Center’s “Play With Your Food”, a lunch hour (and a half) theater/lunch/socializing series. Toquet Hall, Westport, CT has scheduled an exciting series of new plays, including plays by Arthur Miller. But these are lesser-known works, according to Schweid, including some “hidden jewels” of Miller’s that no one knows he wrote. Uncertain when—sometime in 2006.
- Feb. 4th, 2006: Delaware Theatre Company (Wilmington, DE) has started a new series of audience enrichment events called “Connections.” These are free forums that they offer periodically throughout ourseason that take a look at issues raised in the plays and try to connect them to a broader realm of experiences. In “connection” with their production of The Price (25 Jan. -12 Feb.) and in commemoration of Miller’s passing, they will present a retrospective of Miller’s life as dramatist, novelist, political figure, and celebrity. Guests, including director Gerald Freeman and theater scholar Steve Centola, will place Miller’s works in their appropriate historic and literary contexts. Actors will illuminate the scholarly discourse by reading selections from Miller’s works. This event will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2006. This event is free and will begin around 4.30 pm., and is partly funded by Delaware Humanities Forum. Box office (302) 594-1100 and check website for more details.
BERKELEY’S Aurora Theatre Company in CA dedicates its new season to the memory of playwright Arthur Miller. The season opens in September 2005 with a production of The Price.
Special Events/Miller’s Last Appearances 2000-2005
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series of events were scheduled featuring extracts and discussion with key figures in connection with each play. The platform celebration for 1994s Broken Glass was on Friday, 7 Sept. 2001, at 6pm in the Cottesloe Theatre, featuring director David Thacker and the actors who played the Gellburgs (Henry Goodman and Margot Leicester), and Harriet (Julia Swift), all from the 1994 British premier production of the play. The platform celebration for 2000s All My Sons was on Wednesday, 19 Sept. 2001, at 6pm in the Lyttelton Theatre, featuring director Howard Davies and other members of the original cast. This production was also revived for that current season.