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):

The Man Who Had All the Luck

Tomorrow afternoon (Saturday April 10th, 2:00 pm at the Greenhouse Theater) we’ll be reading and discussing Arthur Miller’s first full-length play, The Man Who Had All the Luck. It’s kind of like Death of a Salesman in reverse – everything goes right for David Beeves, and his good fortune drives him slowly to the point of madness as he watches everyone around him struggle with their lack of luck. Miller called this “a fable,” and the story is by turns tragic, funny, instructive and cautionary. It’s a fun script to explore, and a fascinating look at a legendary playwright’s early ideas.

This event is part of our Playwright Scholar Series, giving subscribers a chance to explore our featured playwrights with us beyond the three main productions. It’s free for Eclipse subscribers and for the general public ($5 suggested donation for non-subscribers), and a good reason to subscribe to the 2010 Arthur Miller Season.

The 2010 Arthur Miller Season
Playwright Scholar Series: The Man Who Had All the Luck

Saturday, April 10th at 2:00 pm
The Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N. Lincoln, Chicago

For more information or to reserve seats, call 773.325.9655.

Playwright Scholar Series, Join Us!

Please join us for our Playwright Scholar Series

Arthur Miller’s

The Man Who Had All the Luck

April 10th, 2010 at 2pm

Upstairs Studio, Greenhouse Theatre

$5 Suggested Donation (Free for Subscribers)

How did Miller’s work change or mature? Did it become more or less progressive as he became more well known? This is a unique opportunity to dive into Millers early work . I am not a Miller enthusiast (in fact I haven’t been exposed to much of Miller), but I’ve noticed that  Miller has encorporated an element of madness and even desperation, in one way or another, in his plays(at least in Resurrection Blues and The Crucible). I am looking forward to learning a bit more about him and his work, and why this motif is so.

First rehearsal

The 2010 Arthur Miller Season officially began last night, with the first rehearsal of Resurrection Blues, scheduled to open (as a Chicago Premiere!) on March 28th at the Greenhouse Theater in Lincoln Park. After two years of celebrating our first decade of playwrights, it was exciting for all of us to return to the “One Playwright, One Season” format and kick off our year-long journey with Arthur Miller.

First read through of Resurrection Blues

With a small audience of subscribers and friends, the cast dove into the script with a fantastic first read through, exploring the rhythms, humor and big ideas in Miller’s penultimate play. The story, which satirizes politics, media and faith in a very contemporary setting, shows a different side of the playwright, even as it explores the themes that resonate throughout Miller’s work. And this cast – a wonderful group of talented actors who are all passionate about this script – had a blast playing with those themes.

Now the real work begins – we’ll spend the next few days sitting around a table talking, asking questions, and maybe finding some answers, and then we’ll start putting scenes on their feet and see where they take us over the next five weeks. Stay tuned for more thoughts, photos from rehearsals, and videos as we go along.