Arthur Miller-One Night 100 Years

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Arthur Miller-One Night 100 Years


Marino, Stephen, The Arthur Miller Journal


One Night 100 Years

Lyceum Theatre

New York, NY

25 January 2016

Directed by Gregory Mosher

When Arthur Miller died in 2015, he wished that a foundation in his name be established to help young artists. Miller's children Robert Miller, Jane Doyle, and Rebecca Miller eventually decided to use the Arthur Miller Foundation to support the growing arts education movement in New York City public schools.

The Miller family's intellectual roots can be traced to New York City public schools: Miller's older brother, Kermit, attended the Townsend Harris High School for academically gifted students; both Arthur Miller and Joan Copeland graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School. Miller's commentary in Timebends and interviews about the kind of student he was (or wasn't!) are well known. Rebecca Miller's son also attended a New York public school, which directly stimulated her interest in funding theater programs in schools. Consequently, the Arthur Miller Foundation created the Arthur Miller Theatre Education Program, which provides mentorship, training, and support for theater teachers, and the Arthur Miller Theater and Film Pilot Program, which creates theater and film curricula for students, conducted by teaching artists in Quest to Learn classrooms.

The Arthur Miller Foundation was developed with start-up money provided by Miller in his estate. However, the continuation of the valuable programs depends upon a steady stream of income. Therefore, on 25 January 2016, the foundation held its inaugural fund-raising benefit at New York's Lyceum Theatre, the venue where the revival of A View from the Bridge was completing its acclaimed run. The gala featured a star-studded collection of stage actors, film stars, and playwrights, who performed readings from Miller's plays and personal works. Representatives from New York City public schools and the New York State government also delivered remarks.

The program opened and closed with passages from Miller's personal reflections delivered by Brian Dennehy, who starred as Willy Loman in the acclaimed 1999 revival of Death of a Salesman. Then Rebecca Miller and Sandi Farkas, co-chairs of the Arthur Miller Foundation, explained the genesis and purpose of the foundation. Joining them onstage for personal reflection was Arthur Miller's sister, Joan Copeland, whom Rebecca Miller introduced as the family "matriarch. …

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