OCTA-Fest: Every year on the fourth weekend of the month, 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
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.
The Arthur Miller Theater Education Program was launched in partnership with the NYC DOE Arts Office in 2015, with the goal of expanding access to dedicated theater education in public schools. The program provides mentorship, training, professional development and classroom resources for new certified theater teachers, who are named Arthur Miller Fellows. The John Gore Foundation will be providing three years of support for new theater teachers hired for the 2017-2018 school year.
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 has been 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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