‘Broken Glass’ at Westport Playhouse marks Arthur Miller’s centennial
Published 5:37 am, Tuesday, September 29, 2015
The centennial year of playwright Arthur Miller will be marked by the Westport Country Playhouse with a production of one of his last works, “Broken Glass,” from Oct 6 to 24.
The drama will be directed by Mark Lamos, the theater’s artistic director.
Set in 1938 Brooklyn at the time of Nazi Germany’s Kristallnacht, “Broken Glass” is considerd “one of Miller's finest achievements from his late period,” Lamos said in playhouse publicity for the production. “Though he was Jewish, it's virtually the only drama he ever wrote that actually deals with Jewish identity issues.”
Miller “entwines a crippled marriage, in which the wife is herself mysteriously crippled in reaction to news of Nazi atrocities against German Jews, mirrored by a world on the verge of collapse,” Lamos added.
Winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Play, “Broken Glass,” according to Lamos, “is truly unlike anything this great American writer ever wrote before. I'm thrilled that we are exploring and reviving it in this centenary year.”
The cast includes John Hillner as Stanton Case, who appeared in Broadway’s Tony Award-winning revival of “La Cages aux Folles” as Georges, and in the national tour of “Wicked;” Merritt Janson as Harriet, who was in Off-Broadway’s “Built” and “Tamburlaine the Great,” among others, and Felicity Jones as Sylvia Gellburg, who last appeared at the playhouse in “The Diary of Anne Frank,” on Broadway in “Metamorphoses” and in the movie “Julie & Julia.”
Also, Angela Reed as Margaret Hyman, who was on Broadway in “The Country Girl,” “The Rainmaker,” and national tours of “War Horse” and “Spring Awakening;” Stephen Schnetzer as Dr. Harry Hyman, who was in Broadway’s “The Goat ...,” “A Talent for Murder” and “Filumena,” and for 17 years played Cass Winthrop on “Another World,” and Steven Skybell as Phillip Gellberg, who was in the playhouse’s “Dinner with Friends,” and Broadway’s “Pal Joey,” “Wicked,” “The Full Monty” and “Ah, Wilderness.”
Miller, who died in 2005, was born in New York City and studied at the University of Michigan. His plays include “All My Sons” (1947), “Death of a Salesman” (1949), “The Crucible” (1953), “A View from the Bridge” (1955), and “The Price” (1968). Later plays include “Resurrection Blues” (2002) and “Finishing the Picture” (2004). Other works include “The Misfits,” a screenplay (1960) and “Timebends,” an autobiography (1988).
Among Miller’s numerous honors, he received two Tony Awards for his plays, as well as a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement. He won the Pulitzer Prize for “Death of a Salesman.”
Concurrent with the run of “Broken Glass,” the theater will present a community engagement initiative, “The Individual & American Society: Celebrating Arthur Miller at One Hundred,” examining Miller’s life and the multi-faceted themes of his works. Programs will include speakers, discussions, workshops, films, family events and a month-long lobby exhibit, as well as events off-campus. Many of the programs are free and open to the public. A complete calendar of community engagement events is available online at www.westportplayhouse.org or a brochure may be requested by calling the playhouse box office at 203-227-4177.