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Arthur Miller's 'All My Sons' at 4th St. Theater in March

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Playwright Arthur Miller has said, "The American Dream is the largely unacknowledged screen in front of which all American writing plays itself out whoever is writing in the United States is using the American Dream as an ironical pole of his story. People elsewhere tend to accept, to a far greater degree anyway, that the conditions of life are hostile to man's pretensions."

In Miller's more than thirty plays, which have won him a Pulitzer Prize and multiple Tony Awards, he puts in a question "death and betrayal and injustice and how we are to account for this little life of ours?"

In the period immediately following the end of World War II, American theater was transformed by the work of Miller, who was profoundly influenced by the Depression and the war that immediately followed it. Miller tapped into a sense of dissatisfaction and unrest within the greater American psyche.

Born in Manhattan in 1915 to Jewish immigrant parents, Miller witnessed the societal decay of the Depression and his father’s desperation due to business failures. He enrolled in the University of Michigan in 1934 and graduated four years later.

“All My Sons,” a tragedy about a manufacturer who sells faulty parts to the military in order to save his business, was an instant success. Concerned with morality in the face of desperation, “All My Sons” appealed to a nation having recently gone through both a war and a depression.

Only two years after the success of “All My Sons,” Miller penned his most famous and well-respected work, “Death of a Salesman,” dealing again with both desperation and paternal responsibility

More than any other modern day playwright, Arthur Miller has dedicated himself to the investigation of the moral plight of the white American working class. For nearly six decades, Miller has been creating characters that wrestle with power conflicts, personal and social responsibility, the repercussions of past actions, and the twin poles of guilt and hope.

Miller, the son of a women's clothing company owner, has remained socially engaged and has written with conscience, clarity, and compassion. As Chris Keller says to his mother in All My Sons, "Once and for all you must know that there's a universe of people outside, and you're responsible to it."

Miller's writing has earned him a lifetime of honors, including the Pulitzer Prize, seven Tony Awards, two Drama Critics Circle Awards, an Obie, an Olivier, the John F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Dorothy and Lillian Gish prize. He holds honorary doctorate degrees from Oxford University and Harvard University.

The play, directed by Steve Rohe of Chesterton, will be performed at 4th Street Theater, 125 N. Fourth St., Chesterton, March 8 and 9, 15, 16 and 17, 21, 22, 23 and 24. Sunday performances are at 3:00 p.m., all others at 8:00 p.m. Admission is $20.

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Posted 3/7/2019




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