CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University Theatre’s production of Arthur Miller’s play, “After the Fall,” will show Nov. 14-16 and 21-22 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. on the Withycombe Hall main stage, 30th and Campus Way in Corvallis.
Miller’s drama fictionalizes his own experiences with the House of Un-American Activities Committee, his boyhood in Brooklyn, and his volatile and ill-fated marriage to Marilyn Monroe.
His 1964 “memory play” tells the story of Quentin, a successful New York lawyer reflecting upon his life and various relationships. This tale of love, loyalty, addiction, and regret is set against a backdrop of American history spanning from the 1920s through the early 1960s and is considered Miller’s most personal and controversial work.
“After the Fall” is presented in a non-linear narrative, where Quentin’s memories frequently overlap and juxtapose with one another. This convention requires non-realistic staging and some unique design choices.
“This play has been a wonderful challenge,” said the play’s director, OSU Theatre Arts faculty member Elizabeth Helman. “It’s an emotionally demanding play and the non-conventional staging adds another level of complication. I think this is going to be a very powerful show when all is said and done.”
The cast features OSU students Andrew Atkinson (Ike), Sarah Clausen (Holga), Melissa Cozzi (Felice), Anna Mahaffey (Louise), Alycia Olivar (Maggie), Christopher Peterman (Lou), Deborah Shapiro (Rose), Bryanna Rainwater (Elsie), Joseph Workman (Quentin), and Ricky Zipp (Dan). Corvallis community member Jonathan Thompson also joins the cast as Mickey.
Tickets are $12 general, $10 senior, $8 youth/student, and $5 OSU students and are available through the OSU Theatre Box Office by calling 541-737-2784 or online at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre