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
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
“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."
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
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
reservations call (219) 926-7875 or online at brownpapertickets.com