The Price

By Arthur Miller

Directed By Adriana Baer

March 31, 2015 – April 26, 2015

Alder Stage

In this seldom-seen masterpiece, two estranged brothers must sift through a lifetime of their deceased father’s possessions as they negotiate with a mysterious buyer. Miller’s timeless classic unearths lifetimes of choices and emotional illusions to reveal the cost of living a life. This production of Arthur Miller’s last major play will commemorate his weighty influence in American theatre as 2015 marks the centennial of the playwright’s birth.
  • Designs by Resident Artists Kristeen Willis Crosser & Sharath Patel
  • Rare Revival

RUNNING TIME: Approximately 2 hours & 20 minutes plus one intermission.
RECOMMENDATIONS: For adults and older teens.

Cast

Linda Alper +^

Esther Franz

Michael Mendelson +*^

Walter Franz

Michael Elich +

Victor Franz

Joseph Costa +

Gregory Solomon

+ Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.

* Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

^ Artists Rep Resident Artist

Director

Adriana Baer *

Production

Scenic Designer: Jack O'Brien

Costume Designer: Alison Heryer #

Lighting Designer: Carl Faber #

Sound Designer: Sharath Patel ^

Props Designer: Natalie Rae Heikkinen

Voice & Text Director: Mary McDonald-Lewis ^

Stage Manager: D Westerholm +

Assistant Director: Jillian Gibson

Production Assistant: Marina Capizzi

+ Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.

* Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

# The scenic, costume, lighting, projection & sound designers are represented by United Scenic Artists

^ Artists Rep Resident Artist

Press

The Reviews...

" The Price is like listening to a classic piece of chamber music you haven’t heard in a long time..." Arthur Miller’s powerful language, American realist theatre, the play’s poignant message, not to mention the cast’s insurmountable talent and experience are all explored in Bob Hicks review for ArtsWatch. Dive into that review here.

"if you want to experience important American drama, done pitch-perfectly, you owe it to yourself to see ‘The Price.’ Attention must be paid." - John Rudoff, Oregon Music News

"Put four fine actors on stage with the words of one of America's greatest playwrights, and something splendid is bound to happen. And that's exactly what is taking place in Artists Repertory Theatre's production of Arthur Miller's THE PRICE." - Krista Garver, Broadwayworld.com. Read the full review here.

"Social realism, absurdist tragi-comedy, and Greek tragedy are all rolled into one -- a complex, evocative combination that director Adriana Baer skillfully negotiates," wrote Richard Wattenberg for The Oregonian. Read the full review here.  

"It is classic Miller expertly performed by a tight, virtuosic ensemble...The ensemble fuels one another throughout this barreling freight train, and Adriana Baer’s direction disappears effortlessly, allowing these powerhouse actors and Miller’s well-crafted text to have center stage." - Conor Eifler, Willamette Week.

"The play is intensely intimate, intensely personal. It's about my family and your family... emotions laid bare on stage." - Krista Garver, Broadwayworld.com. Read the full review here.

- “The acting was fabulous, the staging was terrific, and everything was very tight. I will definitely see it again." - Audience member

- "That’s as perfect as theatre gets!”  - Audience member

“I was so moved by this play, what a fantastic production” - Audience member

"A challenging, gripping and moving drama." - Variety

" ... one of the most engrossing and entertaining plays that Miller has ever written. It is superbly, even flamboyantly theatrical ..." - The New York Times

" ... his finest drama since The Crucible ..." - New York Newsday

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Adriana Baer is the Artistic Director of Profile Theatre in Portland, Oregon where she has directed Dead Man's Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl, Buried Child and True West by Sam Shepard, and The Road to Mecca and My Children! My Africa! by Athol Fugard.  Other directing credits include Woyzeck (Bay Area Critics Circle Award for Best Direction), The Maids and No Exit at the Cutting Ball Theater in San Francisco where she was Associate Artistic Director during the 2004-2007 seasons.  New York directing credits include Romeo and Juliet, A Streetcar Named Desire, Seagull and The Hairy Ape (Columbia Stages), and work at Atlantic Theatre Company Acting School and The Acting Company (Staff Director for 2012 national tour, bringing productions of Shakespeare to 32 cities in the US and Canada).  New play development workshops and festivals include Profile Theatre’s In Dialogue Series, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, The Cutting Ball Theater, Primary Stages and The Lark Play Development Center. Additionally, Adriana has worked with Opera Boston, The Public Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, San Francisco Circus Center/Pickle Circus, Theatre Communications Group, American Conservatory Theater, California Shakespeare Theater and Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  As a teaching artist, Adriana has also worked at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Columbia University, Vector Theatre Conservatory, Sarah Lawrence College Theater in the Schools and Boston Children’s Chorus.  She holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA in Directing from Columbia University.

PRODUCTION HISTORY

The Price premiered on Broadway at the Morosco Theatre in February 1968 and was nominated for two 1968 Tony Awards, for Best Play and Best Scenic Design. The production featured Harold Gary as Gregory Solomon, Pat Hingle as Victor Franz, Kate Reid as Esther Franz, and Arthur Kennedy as Walter Franz. After its original production, The Price was revived three times on Broadway. First, in 1979, the play was produced at the Playhouse Theatre. Then, in 1992, The Price was a part of Roundabout Theatre Company’s first Season on Broadway at the Criterion Center Stage Right. This production was directed by John Tillinger and starred Hector Elizondo, Debra Mooney, Eli Wallach and Joe Spano. It was nominated for the 1992 Best Revival Tony Award.  More recently, in 1999 and 2000, the play ran at the Royale Theatre after its summer revival at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. It is also fun to note that in 1971, the show was adapted for television and nominated for four Emmy Awards.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT

Arthur Miller, born in 1915 in Manhattan, is widely regarded as one of the greatest playwrights of the 20th Century. He began his career as a student at University of Michigan where he received several awards for playwriting. Post-college, Miller supported himself by writing for the Federal Theater Project, a government sponsored program promoting American writers, and writing plays for the Columbia Broadcast System. His first theatrical break came when his play The Man Who Had All the Luck was produced on Broadway in 1944. Unfortunately, the show was not well received and ran for only one week. In 1947, All My Sons enjoyed a profitable run of 328 performances and won the Drama Critics’ Circle Award, inspiring Miller to continue playwriting. Only two years later, Death of a Salesman hit the stage, solidifying Miller’s reputation as an outstanding playwright. It ran for 742 performances and won both the Drama Critics’ Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. The Crucible premiered on Broadway in 1953 as a response to the anti-Communist hysteria of the McCarthy era. The show is Miller’s most frequently produced play, staged every week somewhere in the world for the past 40 years. His next, and arguably last, play of great note was The Price.  Miller’s death at the age of 89 in 2005 was felt profoundly around the world. His biographer Christopher Bigsby wrote, “Across the Atlantic, in England, the editor of the Independent newspaper cleared the whole front page judging that there was no news more pressing than the death of a writer on another continent who may have been made in America but who belonged to everyone.” 

Resources

PLAYBILL:

Click here to check out the production's playbill.

STUDY GUIDE:

A great resource for all but beware of SPOILERS!! Download it here.

INTERVIEW:

KGW –TV stopped by the theatre to talk with the production’s director Adriana Baer! Click here to watch that interview and hear Baer speak to the quality of the cast and give Cassidy Quinn a tour of the set.

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