ROBERT PROSKY STARS IN THE PRICE, PERFORMING WITH HIS TWO SONS FOR THE FIRST TIME ON A DC STAGE AS PART OF THEATER J’S ARTHUR MILLER CELEBRATION
(Washington, DC) — Theater J presents Arthur Miller’s THE PRICE, with Robert Prosky and his two sons performing for the first time together in Washington as part of Theater J's celebration of playwright Arthur Miller. The show runs March 8–April 18, 2008 in the Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater at the Washington DCJCC. Press night takes place Wednesday, March 12 at 7:30 pm. Saturday, March 8 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, March 9 at 3:00 pm are $25 preview performances. Sunday, March 9 and Tuesday, March 11 at 7:30 pm are Pay-What-You-Can previews. Tickets, $15–$50, are available at www.boxofficetickets.com or at (800) 494-TIXS.
Theater J’s Arthur Miller Celebration is running in conjunction with Arena Stage’s Arthur Miller Festival. Arena Stage will be presenting Death of a Salesman March 14– May 18 in repertory with A View from the Bridge March 21–May at their Crystal City location. Both Arena Stage and Theater J will both be extending special offers to each other’s audiences to encourage theatre-goers to see all three Arthur Miller shows this spring. Arena Stage will give a 20% discount to Theater J patrons and Theater J will offer $10 off to all Arena Stage audience members.
This American classic is one of Arthur Miller's masterpieces. THE PRICE is a deeply moving drama that reunites two long estranged middle-aged brothers, a policeman and a doctor, who come to sell off their family’s possessions after their father has died most ignominiously. Nostalgia and recrimination erupt as an attic full of furniture is assessed by Solomon, a wry, comically inclined junk buyer played by beloved DC theater legend, Robert Prosky, who is reprising his Helen Hayes Award-winning role from Arena Stage’s 1994 production. According to Variety, Prosky “[wrung] every ounce of charm and wit from the play's most colorful role as the seasoned Jewish furniture appraiser.” Solomon winds up negotiating a bitter dispute between the two brothers as long-held resentments over choices made about caring for their aging father rise to the surface. The two brothers will be played by Prosky’s sons, Andrew and John Prosky, who are both accomplished stage and screen actors, acting with their father for the first time on a DC Stage. This compassionate 1968 drama, thrice nominated for the Tony Award, once for Best Play and twice for Best Revival, gives us a rare insight into a family from one of America's greatest playwrights.
“This production is Theater J’s tribute to one of the American-Jewish theater’s most towering figures,” notes Roth. “We lost Arthur Miller three years ago and attention needs to be paid by the whole community to the legacy he left. And we’re doing it with one of the greatest actors to plant roots in DC—longtime Arena Stage company member, Robert Prosky, star of Hill Street Blues, ER, and Broadway’s A Walk in the Woods and Democracy. It says a lot about Bob, and a lot about us, that he chose Theater J to return to The Price, this time doing it with his two wonderful sons, John and Andy. And we’re thrilled to be reviving The Price at the same time Arena Stage is also presenting their Miller repertory. Between us we’ll enjoy a city-wide Miller festival.”
This production, presented in association with the Walnut Street Theatre, is directed by Michael Carelton, who is intimately familiar with the material having directed this cast for Cape May Stage’s 2006 production and the Walnut Street Theatre’s current production running January 15 - March 2, 2008. Mr. Carelton serves as the Artistic Director for Cape May Stage, and has directed for Orlando Shakespeare Festival and Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival in addition to productions in New York and Chicago. Joining him on the creative team are Set Designer Robert Kramer, Lighting Designer Shelley Hicklin and Costume Designer Colleen Grady.
Theater J will also be offering a series of discussions and readings to further celebrate and examine the work of Arthur Miller. The Pay-What-You-Can readings, presented in collaboration with the Theatre Lab, will be on four consecutive Tuesday nights at 7:30 pm (March 18 at Theater J, March 25 at Theater J, April 1 at The Theatre Lab, and April 8 at Theater J) and will include Miller’s The American Clock, The Crucible and Playing for Time. Artistic Director’s Roundtable Discussions will follow all of the 3:00 pm Sunday matinee performances of THE PRICE: “Miller’s Evolving Politics: What’s He Saying in The Price?” on March 9, “Arthur Miller, August Wilson – Comparing Their Greatest Works” on March 16, “America’s Aging Crisis: Elder Care Abuse and the Politics of Neglect” on March 23, “Judging an Artist’s Work in the Wake of Stunning Revelations” on March 30, “Siblings and the Fading Parent in Between” on April 6, and our 5x5 series in which playwrights respond to the work of Arthur Miller on April 13. All Artistic Director’s Roundtable Discussions are free to ticket holders.
Arthur Miller, who passed away in the winter of 2005, was one of the most influential and celebrated American playwrights. His work as a playwright and essayist made him a prominent figure in American theater, literature and cinema for over sixty years. Arthur Miller’s plays, including The Crucible, A View from the Bridge, All My Sons, and Death of a Salesman, are keenly aware of societal issues and strongly influenced by the world around him. Miller's writing has earned him a lifetime of honors, including the Pulitzer Prize, seven Tony Awards, two Drama Critics Circle Awards, an Obie, an Olivier, The John F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Dorothy and Lillian Gish prize.
THEATER J PLAYDATES
On select Thursday night performances of THE PRICE, a savvy crowd gathers for a 7:30 pm show and stays afterward for a soiree with the cast. To purchase tickets, visit www.boxofficetickets.com or contact (800) 494-TIXS.
March 20: Cast & Culture: Meet the cast and hear about making the play. ($15-45)
April 3: Booze & Schmooze: Our 20’s and 30’s crowd. Beverages and light refreshments included!
($25 with the code “playdate”)