True Story Of Playwright Arthur Miller's Secret Son Is Told In FALL
The Huntington Theatre Company presents the World Premiere of Fall, which tells the true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Arthur Miller's secret son Daniel, his child with third wife, Inge Morath. Born with Down syndrome, Daniel was institutionalized, and his existence was never acknowledged by his parents. Written by playwright and renowned journalist Bernard Weinraub (The Accomplices, Above the Fold), and directed by Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois, Fall runs May 18 - June 16, 2018 at the Huntington's Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts.
The cast includes Josh Stamberg (Showtime's "The Affair," NBC's "Parenthood," and The Power of Duff and Female of the Species at Geffen Playhouse) as Arthur Miller. Joanne Kelly (The House of Yes at the Storefront Theatre, Proof at Red One Theatre Collective) plays Inge Morath, a photographer and Miller's third wife. Joanna Glushak (Sullivan and Gilbert and The American Clock at the Huntington, War Paint on Broadway) plays Dr. Wise. Nolan James Tierce (Harvey at Newton Country Players), a local actor with Down syndrome, plays Daniel. John Hickok (Parade, Little Women, and Aida on Broadway) plays Broadway producer Robert Whitehead.
Arthur Miller was perhaps the most celebrated American playwright of the 20th century, with masterful plays, Death of a Salesman, All My Sons, A View from the Bridge, and The Crucible, capturing the darker side of the American Dream, the political zeitgeist of the day and, somewhat ironically, the bonds of the American family -- particularly fathers and sons. His life and career was threaded through the culture of the country in the mid-20th century: he divorced his first wife to marry Marilyn Monroe; he was subpoenaed by the House Un-American Activities Committee; he won the Pulitzer Prize and numerous Tony Awards; and he spoke out against the Vietnam War. Miller was seen by many as a moral conscience for the nation.
But despite chronicling the "common man" and the American Family, Miller did not acknowledge his own son. Daniel was not mentioned in Miller's autobiography, Timebends, or in either of his parents' obituaries in The New York Times. Playwright and former Times reporter, Bernard Weinraub became engrossed with the Millers' story after reading a Vanity Fair article about them in 2007. He took a journalist's approach to translating the story for the stage, interviewing social workers and others who knew and worked with the family. Fall explores the fascinating dichotomy of Miller's life with Morath (the couple also had a daughter, Rebecca) and the divide between their public personae and their private lives.
"Arthur Miller was one of our greatest playwrights. His best dramas dealt with fathers and sons, guilt and betrayal, and essentially, our responsibility towards each other," says Weinraub. "He dealt with the paradoxes and tensions of our lives. What interested me here was the contradiction between the man and the artist. And the impact of his actions on his art."
"Miller wrote many plays about the sins of a father being visited on a son, and as a writer he provided a moral compass for a generation," says DuBois. "Bernie's exploration of this iconic man is a story that remained with me since the first time I read the script a few years ago. I'm proud Boston audiences will be the first to see this show and discover more about a playwright they thought they knew."
Fall is presented in association with Todd Black, Steve Tisch, and Escape Artists, a film Production Company that has produced a variety of successful, acclaimed, and award-winning films including The Pursuit of Happyness and Seven Pounds with Will Smith, Hope Springs with Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, and Steve Carell, Southpaw starring Jake Gyllenhaal, The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington, and a remake of The Magnificent Seven starring Washington, Chris Pratt, and Ethan Hawke.
ARTISTIC AND PRODUCTION TEAM
Bernard Weinraub (Playwright) grew up in New York City, attended City College, served in the Army for two years and began working at The New York Times as an office boy. He was soon promoted to the reporting staff and went overseas as a foreign correspondent covering the Vietnam War, India, and London. In the 1980s he moved to the Times' Washington Bureau, and covered the presidential campaigns of Walter F. Mondale and Jesse Jackson. He also covered the White House - the final years of the Reagan administration and the first two years of George H.W. Bush. In the late 1980s he moved to Los Angeles to cover the movie business. His first play, The Accomplices, was produced in 2007 at The New Group in New York and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. It also was produced in Los Angeles at The Fountain Theatre and Odyssey Theatre, as well as in Coral Gables and Israel. His second play, Above the Fold, starring Taraji P. Henson, was produced in 2014 at The Pasadena Playhouse.
Peter DuBois (Director) is in his 10th season as Artistic Director at the Huntington, where his directing credits include Moliére's Tartuffe, Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George and A Little Night Music; the world premieres of Gina Gionfriddo's Can You Forgive Her?, Lydia R. Diamond's Smart People, Evan M. Wiener's Captors, Stephen Karam's Sons of the Prophet (2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist), Bob Glaudini's Vengeance is the Lord's, and David Grimm's The Miracle at Naples. He has directed the regional premieres of A. Rey Pamatmat's after all the terrible the things I do, Stephen Belber's The Power of Duff, and Gina Gionfriddo's Becky Shaw and Rapture, Blister, Burn; and Craig Lucas' Prelude to a Kiss. DuBois' West End/London credits include Sex with Strangers and Rapture, Blister, Burn (Hampstead Theatre), All New People with Zach Braff (Duke of York's Theatre), and Becky Shaw (Almeida Theatre). His New York credits include Can You Forgive Her? (Vineyard Theatre), The Power of Duff with Greg Kinnear (New York Stage and Film/Powerhouse Theater); Rapture, Blister, Burn (Playwrights Horizons, 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist); Sons of the Prophet (Roundabout Theatre Company); Modern Terrorism, Becky Shaw, Trust with Sutton Foster, All New People, and Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Second Stage Theatre); Measure for Pleasure, Richard III with Peter Dinklage, Mom, How Did You Meet the Beatles?, and Biro (The Public Theater); as well as Jack Goes Boating with Philip Seymour Hoffman and The View From 151st Street (LAByrinth Theater Company/The Public Theater). He served for five years as associate producer and resident director at The Public Theater, preceded by five years as artistic director of the Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska. Before his work at Perseverance, DuBois lived and worked in the Czech Republic where he co-founded Asylum, a multi-national squat theatre in Prague. His productions have been on the annual top ten lists of The New York Times, Time Out, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, Newsday, Variety, Entertainment Weekly, The Evening Standard, The Boston Globe, and Improper Bostonian, and he received an Honorable Mention for 2013 Bostonian of the Year by The Boston Globe Magazine.
Fall features scenic design by Brandon McNeel (assistant scenic design for Sunday in the Park With George at the Huntington), costume design by Ilona Somogyi (Disgraced and Good People at the Huntington), lighting design by Philip Rosenberg (Merrily We Roll Along and Can You Forgive Her? at the Huntington), sound design by John Gromada (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and Ruined at the Huntington), and projection design by Zachary Borovay (Sunday in the Park with George and The Colored Museum at the Huntington). Production stage manager is Kevin Schlagle; stage manager is Jeremiah Mullane.
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ABOUT THE Huntington Theatre Company
The Huntington Theatre Company is Boston's leading professional theatre and one of the region's premier cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award, the Huntington brings together superb local and national talent and produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create award-winning productions. The Huntington runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The Huntington has long been an anchor cultural institution of Huntington Avenue, the Avenue of the Arts, and will remain so on a permanent basis with plans to convert the Huntington Avenue Theatre into a first-rate, modern venue with expanded services to audiences, artists, and the community. Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org.
PRODUCTION INFORMATION AND CALENDAR
WHEN May 18 - June 16, 2018
Select Evenings: Tues. - Thurs. at 7:30pm; Fri. - Sat. at 8pm; select Sun. at 7pm
Matinees: Select Wed., Sat., and Sun. at 2pm
Days and times vary; see complete schedule at end of release.
Press Opening: Wednesday, May 30, 6:30pm. RSVP online.
WHERE The Huntington's South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 527 Tremont St., Boston
TICKETS Single tickets starting at $25 and FlexPasses are available:
· online at huntingtontheatre.org
· by phone at 617 266 0800
Select discounts apply: $5 off: seniors (65+); $30 "35 Below" tickets for patrons 35 years old and younger (valid ID required); $20 student and military tickets (valid ID required)
SPECIAL EVENTS FOR FALL
POST-SHOW AUDIENCE CONVERSATIONS
After select Fri. - Sun. evening, Wed. matinee, Sat. matinee, and Sun. matinee performances throughout the season. An opportunity for audience members to discuss what they have just seen led by members of the Huntington staff.
COOLIDGE CORNER "STAGE & SCREEN" SCREENING OF THE MISFITS
Monday, May 21 at 7pm
Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe both made their final film appearances in this melancholy modern Western, directed by John Huston from a screenplay by Monroe's then-husband, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Arthur Miller. After the screening of The Misfits, join The Boston Globe's Ty Burr to discuss the autobiographical elements of the film, and how they intersect with the telling of Miller's life in the new play, written by Bernard Weinraub.
AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCES
Saturday, June 2 at 2pm
Saturday, June 9 at 2pm
Audio Description is a live narration of the visual aspects of a performance. It is broadcast via radio transmitter to patrons, who wear a single headphone receiver enabling them to hear both the on-stage dialogue and the describer's narration.
Headsets must be reserved and limited seating is available. Braille and large print programs are available at the performances. Plan to arrive 30 minutes early for audio described program notes and set description. Guide dogs are welcome. Tickets are $20 for each blind/low-vision patron and a guest. To reserve tickets and headsets, contact the Access Coordinator at 617 273 1558 or email.
Sunday, June 10 after the 2pm performance
Audiences explore Fall with a guest expert after the performance.
Thursday, June 7 after the 7:30pm performance
Wednesday, June 13 after the 2pm performance
Audience members can meet participating members of the Fall cast after the performance to ask questions.
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617 273 1507 Direct