ARTHUR MILLER BIRTHDAY COMMEMORATION
Featuring Actress Jessica Hecht
Who: Actress Jessica Hecht
David Palmer (President, Arthur Miller Society)
Susan C. W. Abbotson (Professor, Rhode Island College)
Janet Balakian (Kean University)
Stephen Marino (Editor, Arthur Miller Journal)
What: Arthur Miller Birthday Commemoration
Where: St. Francis College – Maroney Forum for Arts, Culture & Education
When: Saturday, October 21
FREE & Open to the Public
St. Francis College proudly hosts an Arthur Miller Birthday Celebration featuring Jessica Hecht, who recently appeared in the Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s, The Price, on Saturday, October 21 beginning at 3:00pm.
The event, sponsored by the Arthur Miller Society, celebrates the playwright’s birth on October 17, 1915. Miller lived in Brooklyn Heights in the 1940’s and 50’s when he wrote notable works, All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, and A View From the Bridge.
Jessica Hecht will be interviewed about what it’s like to perform in a Miller play, by Janet Balakian (Kean University) and Stephen Marino (Editor, The Arthur Miller Journal).
“Arthur Miller’s work offers a depth in his characters that is unique on the stage,” said Professor Marino, who wrote the book Arthur Miller Death of a Salesman / The Crucible A Reader’s Guide to Essential Criticism. “His portrayal of working class Americans offers us a vital snapshot of where we all come from and presents tough questions that we continue to ponder as a society.”
In addition, Arthur Miller Society President David Palmer will offer remarks and Susan C.W. Abbotson, Professor of Dramatic Literature at Rhode Island College will deliver the Keynote Address.
This is the sixth Arthur Miller event St. Francis College has hosted, including the Arthur Miller Centennial Conference in October 2016. A collection of essays from that conference, Arthur Miller’s Century, Essays Celebrating the 100th Birthday of America’s Great Playwright, (Cambridge Scholars, 2017), was edited by Professor Marino.
Last year, The Historic Landmarks Preservation Center marked Miller’s first Brooklyn Heights home at 62 Montague Street with a plaque.
St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located in
Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. Since its founding, the College has pursued its Franciscan mission to provide
an affordable, high-quality education to students from New York City’s five boroughs and beyond.