Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Arthur Miller, playwright and activist. He fought against the Anti-communist witch hunts of the 1950’s by refusing to testify against his fellow artists and continued to fight injustice throughout his life. His play, “The Crucible” was inspired by his battle with Congress and his conviction of obstructing justice in 1957, a conviction overturned the following year.
Arthur Miller is one of the greatest American artists of all time. His plays revealed the inner life of ordinary people hunting the American dream. “Death of a Salesman” does this beautifully. If you haven’t read this play, do so.
Or listen to a live recording. What better way to celebrate the birthday of a genius writer than by celebrating his greatest work?
a depression era comedy that will leave you laughing, and guessing, till the very end.
The first read through of my play was last night and the best part was that my actors had no idea how it would end! I’m so excited about this event. Hope you can come.
It’s 1933 and Ellen Hunt is broke. The vast fortune she married her deceased husband for has vanished and the lovely widow is now alone and about to lose her gorgeous mansion. What’s a daring and beautiful socialite to do? Marry off her only son, George, to a wealthy girl, of course.
Luckily a wealthy girl is available, the beautiful Lydia Ellsworth, who just so happens to be madly in love with George. With George returning from college that evening, Ellen thinks that all she needs to do is get Lydia and George alone together. But when George arrives home with a fiancee of his own, Ellen’s plans are dashed. Susan is lovely but poor, not what Ellen has in mind for her son. How will Ellen get rid of Susan and make sure George falls in love with Lydia, all while ensuring no one, not even George, discovers the Hunt family fortune is gone? It will take all of her manipulative powers to save the family from scandal and ruin. With fast paced dialogue and an ending no one would expect, “Prince Charming” will leave you laughing and believing in the power of love.
June 26, 7:00 pm at the Ukiah Player’s Theatre
1041 Low Gap Rd, Ukiah, California. $5 at the door.
Two big events in my life are happening on the same weekend, and I’m both excited and a tad stressed out.
First, the 10th Annual Festival of New Plays at Mendocino College opens on May 18th, with a second performance on the 19th. The festival showcases nine Ten Minute plays and my comedy, The Wedding Party, was chosen to be one. The director who chose my play is young, which I think helps her “get” the characters so well. She’s really good, and the cast is excellent! I’m really excited to see it performed (while also dreading sitting in the audience watching their reactions, which could be good or bad).
Here’s a link to Ukiah Daily Journal about the festival, with a description of all the plays. You can also see my description of The Wedding Party by clicking Writing on this blog.
The other exciting thing happening that weekend is also at Mendocino College: LitFest. Click the link to see all the excellent teachers, authors, and classes at this FREE event. I’ll be teaching my class, Framing the Dream, at 2:00. Be sure and sign-up now as the class fills up fast (click the Classes link on this blog for more info on the class).
I saw the countdown to LitFest on my blog and had a mini-freak out. How did the time sneak up on me like that? I have materials to update and the power-point to finish. Between my teaching job and the end of the school year madness that involves, and my sick kid, I’ll probably be working on LitFest at midnight after I’ve seen the debut of my play.
And I stil don’t know what to wear.