The True Story of Arthur Miller’s Secret Son
May 18-June 16, 2018 at Huntington’s South End/Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
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.”
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