An Arthur Miller Celebration
Selections from the works of Arthur Miller
Conceived by Mark Lamos

Illustration by mktfolly Designs

April 2 - 3 & 8 - 10 at 8 PM
April 4 & 11 at 2 PM
Trueblood Theatre

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Press Release
ANN ARBOR - The University of Michigan's Department of Theatre and Drama finishes its season with a heartwarming tribute that celebrates the work of one of UM's most famous alumni with "An Arthur Miller Celebration." Conceived by internationally acclaimed director and adjunct professor Mark Lamos, "An Arthur Miller Celebration" plays April 2-3 & 8-10 at 8PM and April 4 & 11 at 2PM at the Trueblood Theatre in Ann Arbor. Pulling scenes from both well-known and rarely performed works by Arthur Miller, the production highlights the depth of work which Miller has contributed to the American and world stage.

Arthur Miller once told Mel Gussow of the "New York Times" that his wish for his legacy was to have written "some good parts for actors." For more than half a century Miller has stood as one of America's quintessential playwrights. He has received countless awards for his contributions to the theatre, including four Tony Awards, including a special award for Lifetime Achievement, an Obie Award, an Olivier Award, the George Foster Peabody Award, the Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Achievement Award, the Lucille Lortel Lifetime Achievement Award, and a Drama Desk Award for Lifetime Achievement.

"An Arthur Miller Celebration" explores three distinct influences on Miller's writing - the great depression, love, and persecution, both politically and religiously based. The play contains scenes or monologues from twelve of Miller's works - "All My Sons" (1947), "Death of a Salesman" (1949), "The Crucible" (1953), "A View From the Bridge" (1956), "After the Fall" (1964), "Incident at Vichy" (1964), "The Creation of the World and Other Business" (1972), "The American Clock" (1980), "A Memory of Two Mondays" (1984), "Broken Glass" (1994), "Mr. Peter's Connections" (1999), "Resurrection Blues" (2002) - interspersed with interludes taken from his autobiography "Timebends: A Life" which was written in 1987. "Arthur Miller was almost the only American playwright whose artistic vision could be even remotely perceived as political-- theater about ethics, morals, political movements, the consequences of history-among much else, of course," states Lamos. "The recurrent themes and philosophies in his work are written in a way that is simply beautiful - powerful, funny, moving ' he is truly an inspiration and master of his craft."

Acclaimed director Mark Lamos, whose work has been seen at UM at a developmental staged reading of Lee Blessing's "Thief River," conceived of "An Arthur Miller Celebration" while working with Arthur Miller on rewrites of "Resurrection Blues," which Lamos is currently directing for the West Coast premiere of the work at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego.

As a director, Lamos has previously collaborated on developing scripts for theatre and opera with acclaimed playwrights such as Tom Stoppard, A. R. Gurney, Tony Kushner, Lanford Wilson, and composer John Harrbison, including the world premiere at the Metropolitan Opera of The Great Gatsby. Lamos has worked at numerous regional and international theatres including directing "Desire Under the Elms" at Moscow's Pushkin Theater, making him the first American to direct a Russian company in the former U.S.S.R. His extensive work in opera includes new productions for the Met as well as numerous productions for New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Glimmerglass Opera, among many others.

Four student directors were chosen by Lamos to stage the work. They include D. Ross, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Theatre and Drama, and three undergraduates - Julia Bochnowski, Esther Neff, and Clark Johnson - all students in the BFA Directing program at the School of Music. Lamos will rejoin the production in late March after completing his work at the Old Globe to put the final touches on the production.

Joining Lamos and the directors on the artistic team is costume designer Jessica Hahn ("Guys and Dolls"), an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Theatre and Drama, and scenic and lighting designer Janine Woods, an undergraduate student in the Dept. of Theatre and Drama whose work was last seen in "Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)". Composer Katie Kring, whose work was last heard in "The Nutcracker" last December, will create original music for the production.

Ticket prices are $15 general admission with students only $8 with ID. Tickets are available in person at the League Ticket Office, located within the Michigan League. The Ticket Office is open from 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday and 10am-1pm on Saturday. Order by phone at (734) 764-2538. All major credit cards are accepted. Tickets may also be ordered online at The Trueblood Theatre, located within the Frieze Building at the corner of State and Huron Streets, is handicapped accessible.
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Production Photographs

Arthur Miller Symposium
April 1, 2004 Mendelssohn Theatre

Dept. of Theatre and Drama Chair Erik Fredricksen welcomes Arthur Miller Arthur Miller

Moderator Mark Lamos

An Arthur Miller Celebration

Cast "The American Clock"
Joanna Fetter

"Death of a Salesman"
Malaika A. Nelson
"A Memory of Two Mondays"
Kevin Kuczek & Chris Allen

Leigh Feldpausch
"All My Sons"
Maureen Sebastian & Leigh Feldpausch

"After the Fall"
Elizabeth Hoyt & De'Lon Grant
"A View from the Bridge"
J. Theo Klose & Kathryn Thomas

Aubrey Levy Kathryn Thomas

"The American Clock"
Anna Heinl & Christopher Shand
"A View from the Bridge"
JoAnna Spanos & Brad Fraizer

"The Creation of the World..."
Paul Wyatt & Sari Goldberg
"After the Fall"
Anika Habermas-Scher

"Incident at Vichy" "Broken Glass"
Alexandra Bogorad & Adam H. Caplan

"The Crucible"
"Resurrection Blues"
James Wolk and J. Theo Klose