AFTER THE FALL
Must close November 27
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By Arthur Miller
Directed by Jose Carrasquillo
Designed by Tony Cisek, Dan Covey, Ivania Stack, Klyph Stanford and Veronika Vorel
Featuring Mitchell Hébert, Jennifer Mendenhall, Gabriela Fernández-Coffey, Kimberly Schraf, Tim Getman, Stephen Patrick Martin, Joe Brack, Dana Levanovsky, and Kerry Waters Lucas
Miller’s most personal play explores one man’s quest to make peace with history; his own and the tumultuous world around him. In the wake of the tragic death of his famous second wife, Quentin desperately tries to move forward in his life. Yet he is compelled to relive his childhood losses, failed marriages and the controversial politics of the 1950’s Blacklist which turned allies against each other and leaves Quentin, in the end, as both noble hero and complicit bystander.
Run time is approx. 2 hours and 45 minutes with one intermission
|"Enthralling…honest and thought-provoking" - Washingtonian
"Under deft direction, Miller’s controversial characters come to life" - Washington Post
"Sharp casting makes After the Fall an Enjoyable Epic" - Washington Post
"When shaped by the kind of love and care shown by Carrasquillo and his ensemble, a life so examined is a life worth
sharing." - DC Theatre Scene
Arthur Miller was one of the leading American playwrights of the twentieth century. In 1947, his drama All My Sons launched him into stardom, winning the New York Drama Critcs’ Circle Award as the best play of the year. His next play Death of a Salesman received both a Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He followed that with the politically charged The Crucible, a scathing allegorical indictment of the House Un-American Activities Committee. Other seminal plays by Miller include A Memory of Two Mondays, A View from the Bridge, The Ride Down Mount Morgan, The Last Yankee and the Olivier Award-winning Broken Glass. In addition to his estimable artistic reputation, Miller also gained some notoriety for his personal life. In 1956, he divorced his first wife and married actress Marilyn Monroe. The two were together for five years, and divorced one year before her tragic death. After divorcing Monroe, Miller married Austrian photographer Ingeborg Morath.
Jose Carrasquillo in entering his third decade of directing in the Washington, DC region. Recent credits include the 50th Anniversary production of Happy Days at WSC Avant Bard; Lawrence Krauser Horrible Child as part of the 2010 edition of DCFringe at Studio Theatre; Nilo Cruz’ Pulitzer winning drama, Anna in the Tropics at the Clarice Smith Performance Arts Center; and Rafael Spregelburd’s Lucido (Lucid), Aldo Velasco & Patrick Scott’s The True History of Coca-Cola in Mexico and Mario Diament’s Cita a ciegas (Blind Date-- inspired by the writings of Jorge Luis Borges) all at GALA Hispanic Theatre where Jose is an associate artist. In 2007, Jose directed a bold production of Macbeth for the Washington Shakespeare Company (WSC) as part of a region wide Shakespeare Celebration. The production garnered national and international attention with features in newspapers and magazines across the country including: The New York Times, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly and the September ’07 issue of American Theatre. Other noteworthy productions include: Patient A at Freedom Stage; Medea, Blood Wedding and Metamorphosis-- an adaptation of Kafka’s novella all at WSC; Jesus Hopped the “A” Train at Round House Theatre; The Hand Grenade at GALA Hispanic Theatre; A Language of Their Own at Studio Theatre; Sueno, an adaptation of Calderon’s Life is a Dream at Olney Center for the Arts; and the World premieres of The Obituary Bowl at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, The Magic Rainforest at The Kennedy Center, Donna Q at Signature Theatre, At the Rim of a Purple Volcano at Source (recipient of the 2001 GLAAD Award for Best Production of the Year). In 2003 Jose received the 2003 Mary Goldwater Theatre Lobby Award for Excellence in Directing for his production of The Maids at WSC. He is currently busy at work on two upcoming projects: Arthur Miller’s After the Fall at Theater J and Nilo Cruz' Spanish translation of Anna in the Tropics.