Playing for Time
By Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller Theatre - Walgreen Drama Center
March 29 - April 8, 2006
"If we fall below a certain level, anything is possible."
A harrowing true story of the members of the legendary women's orchestra in Auschwitz, Playing for Time is based on the autobiography of Fania Fenelon, a popular half-Jewish Parisian singer, who was sent to Auschwitz and recruited for the orchestra. Under the baton of Alma Rose, the orchestra plays marches for the prisoners as they set off to work, welcomes and soothes new arrivals during their selection, and entertains Nazi officials - all aspects that horrifies Fania. Alma tells her that "We must play to please them" to which Fania replies, "I prefer to think I am saving my life rather than trying to please the S.S." Alma's response highlights their shared emotional dilemma; "You think you can do one without the other?" Fania's efforts to maintain hope and dignity and to create beauty in the face of terror is ultimately a celebration of life and the power of music.
Arthur Miller made an indelible impact on world theatre as well as American arts and letters. Playing for Time was originally adapted for television in 1980, and won a Peabody and four Emmys, including Outstanding Drama Special and Outstanding Writing in a Limited Series or Special; it also was nominated for a Golden Globe. The play is vintage Miller, touching on the playwright's unique artistic vision — theater about ethics, morals, love and romance, religion, political issues, and the consequences of history. Come experience this rarely performed work written with incredible depth and insight into the human spirit.
Global Miller Symposium
UM Central Campus
March 29 - March 31
Organized by Professor Enoch Brater
Kenneth T. Rowe Collegiate Professor in Dramatic Literature,
Department of English Language and Literature
Tom Arban Photography
|Music Director||Bradley Bloom|
|Scenic Designer||Vincent Mountain|
|Costume Designer||Jessica Hahn|
|Sound Designer||Henry Reynolds|
|Stage Manager||Colin Miller|
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