Arthur Miller in an Hour: A Discussion with James Fisher
5:00 p.m. | FREE
“I saw the production last night, and this is one of those rare occasions I may see the play a second time, and bring some friends.”
When it comes to the true cost of living—the consequences of our actions—singer Janice Joplin said it best, “You’re only as much as you settle for.” There’s a fine line between responsibility and self-sacrifice, resentment and regret. And at the end of the day, whom can we blame for our miseries but ourselves? Playwright Arthur Miller knew this all too well while crafting his 1968 drama The Price. In the intimate production family secrets and rivalries are revealed when two brothers who led very different lives are forced to unite to settle their late father’s estate. In Triad Stage’s opening-night production last Friday, Miller’s family drama came to life and begged the audience to contemplate, “What is a life worth, what consequences does a decision demand, and what is the balance due on a moral debt?”
It’s always interesting to see how Triad Stage will outdo itself from one production to another. It’s not necessarily a concerted self-one-upmanship, just a standard that treats every play as a fresh challenge. Consider, for example, some 100 pieces of furniture suspended high above the stage in Arthur Miller’s “The Price.” How does Fred Kinney, scenic designer, do it? Suspend, as well, your disbelief of this aerial feat and settle into your own piece of theatrical furniture for one of Triad Stage’s most intense efforts ever, selected and directed by artistic founding director Preston Lane. Directors matter. With Lane, expect excellence.
The Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s “The Price” is scheduled to open in a couple of weeks. But local audiences will have the opportunity to see Triad Stage’s production of the same play first. “The Price” is scheduled to open in Greensboro on Jan. 29, marking the first time Triad Stage has presented a Miller play.
From the tail end of January through the majority of February, the Pyrle Theater in downtown Greensboro will feature Arthur Miller’s play “The Price”. As a celebration of the play’s 50th anniversary, Triad Stage is putting on a production of the play that the Wall Street Journal calls “the best thing Miller ever wrote.”