Never fooled anyone

Our crackerjack dramaturgical team has started posting all of their research here on the blog, and it is filled with fascinating nuggets of information to help artists and audiences alike understand Miller’s brilliantly complex script on a deeper level.

One of my favorite pages so far is a collection of quotes by and/or about Marilyn Monroe, who (despite Miller’s occasional claims to the contrary) is widely seen as a model for the character of Maggie. All of the quotes are worth reading, digesting and ruminating on, but here’s my favorite:

“I’ve never fooled anyone. I’ve let people fool themselves. They didn’t bother to find out who and what I was. Instead they would invent a character for me. I wouldn’t argue with them. They were obviously loving somebody I wasn’t.”
-Marilyn Monroe

Browse through the research by clicking the link on the right, and keep checking back in as we add more…

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“After the Fall” : A Production History

“After the Fall”
Production History

First Production

Opened in New York City January 23rd, 1964.

Director: Elia Kazan

Notable Actors:  Jason Robards (Quentin), Barbara Loden (Maggie), Fay Dunaway (nurse), Hal Holbrook (Harley Barnes)

Critical Response:

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Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller: part one

This rare documentary looks at the relationship between Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller, and contains interviews with Miller himself. It’s in two parts – here’s part one:

I’ll post part two, along with some thoughts on what this means in terms of After the Fall, later this week.

First photo from After the Fall

Blogging has been slow lately, but we’re ready to pick things up again as we prepare for After the Fall, which started rehearsals last week and opens July 11th at the Greenhouse Theater. Our brilliant photographer, Scott Cooper, spent the weekend with a few of our actors and created the beautiful image below, with the overlapping relationships between Quentin (me, on the right), Maggie (Nora Fiffer, left), Louise (Julie Daley) and Holga (Sally Eames-Harlan):