by Arthur Miller
26 Jan - 06 March 2009

Arthur Miller

Arthur Miller was born in New York City in 1915. He went to the University of Michigan, where two of his plays were produced in 1934. When he graduated in 1938 he began work with the Federal Theatre Project. His first Broadway production was The Man Who Had All the Luck; his next play, All My Sons, won the Drama Critics’ Circle Award. In 1949, Mr. Miller’s Death of a Salesman was given the Pulitzer Prize and the Drama Critics’ Circle Award. The Crucible won a Tony Award four years later. A View From the Bridge, A Memory of Two Mondays, The Price, After the Fall, Incident at Vichy, The American Clock, The Archbischop’s Ceiling, a novel, stories and essays are among his other works. Timebends, his autobiography, was published in 1987.

The Misfits and the play for television, Playing For Time. His original screenplay Everybody Wins was directed by Karel Reisz and starred Debra Winger and Nick Nolte (Released January 1990 in the U.S.). Two books on reportage, In Russia and Chinese Encounters, were accompanied by photographs by his wife, the famed Inge Morath. His book, Salesman in Beijing, is based on his experience in China, where he directed Death of a Salesman. Recent productions of his plays include A View From the Bridge and Death of a Salesman starring Dustin Hoffman on Broadway, Up From Paradise and After the Fall off-Broadway and two one-act plays called Elegy For a Lady and Some Kind of Love Story (Two Way Mirror) at the Young Vic in London as well as a revival of An Enemy of the People which transferred from the Young Vic to the Playhouse Theatre in London. The Young Vic in London did The Price in February 1990. At the National Theatre in London were productions of The Crucible and After the Fall.

His play The Ride Down Mt. Morgan opened in London in October 1991, directed by Michael Blakemore, starring Tom Conti. The Last Yankee opened January 5, 1993 at Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City, and at the Young Vic in London on January 26, 1993, directed by David Thacker, and transferred to the West End on April 27, 1993. His newest play Broken Glass, opened at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut on March 1, 1994. It opened at the Booth Theatre on Broadway on April 24, 1994 and opened at the National Theatre in London in August 1994. It transferred to the West End in February 1995 where it won the Olivier Award for Best play in April 1995 and went on tour. Also, A View From the Bridge transferred to the West End in April 1995.

He wrote the screenplay for the film version of The Crucible, which was produced by Fox and directed by Nicholas Hytner. It stars Daniel Day Lewis, Winona Ryder, Paul Scofield. It opened on November 27, 1996 and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay (1996).

Broken Glass, co-produced by BBC Television and WGBH and directed by David Thacker, aired in the United States on Mobil Masterpiece Theatre on Sunday, October 20, 1996 on PBS.

His novella Homely Girl was published by Viking/Penguin in October 1995.

He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Letters from Oxford University in October 1995.

He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Harvard University in June 1997.

Signature Theatre Company In New York City did an entire Arthur Miller season 1997/1998, including the premiere of his new play, Mr. Peters’ Connections.

The Roundabout Theatre production of A View From the Bridge starring Anthony La Paglia, succeeded by Tony Danza, opened on Broadway in early April 1998. It won the Drama Desk Award for BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY, and won the TONY Award for BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY.

The Goodman Theatre Production of Death of a Salesman starring Brian Dennehy, transferred to Broadway for the 1998/99 season and was Tony nominated for Best Revival, and Mr. Dennehy for Best Actor.

Recent Broadway revivals include The Crucible at the Virginia Theatre, and a revival of The Man Who Had All the Luck at the Roundabout Theatre Company.

Mr. Miller’s last known original work, Finishing the Picture, had its world premiere in fall 2004 at The Goodman Theatre. Robert Falls, who helmed Death of a Salesman recently at the Goodman and on Broadway, directed. The starry cast featured Harris Yulin, Frances Fisher, Stacy Keach, Stephen Lang, Linda Lavin, Matthew Modine, Scott Glenn and Heather Prete.

Arthur Miller died in February 2005 at the age of 89.