After the Fall

by  Arthur Miller

Full Length Play, Drama  /  12m, 11f

A powerful and moving study of a contemporary man struggling to come to terms with himself and his world by probing back into the revealing and often painful events of his past.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    12m, 11f
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

As Howard Taubman outlines the play: "At the outset Quentin emerges, moves forward and seats himself on the edge of the stage and begins to talk, like a man confiding in a friend. In the background are key figures in his life, and they move in and out of his narrative. The narration shades into scenes, little and big. They are revelations and illuminations. They remind Quentin of an awkward young girl whom he made proud of herself. They bring the tortured image of his mother's death and another of his mother's fury with his father, who lost all in trying to save a floundering business. They crisscross through his relations with a number of women—the first wife who wanted to be a separate person, the second who drove him into a separateness and a possible third who knew, as a German raised in a furnace of concentration camps, that 'survival can be hard to bear.' These intertwining images bring back the memories of inquisition when men were asked to name names of those who had joined with them in a communism that they mistook for a better future…After the Fall is a pain-wracked drama; it is also Mr. Miller's maturest…For to sit in Mr. Miller's theater is to be in an adult world concerned with a search that cuts to the bone."
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"The initial offering of New York's Lincoln Center Repertory Theater. A powerful and moving study of a contemporary man struggling to come to terms with himself and his world by probing back into the revealing and often painful events of his past. Rejoice that Arthur Miller is back with a play worthy of his mettle." - The New York Times

"A beautiful, remarkable play." - NY World-Telegram & Sun

"…strong, moving, and perceptive…" - NY Post

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre

License details

  • Licensing available for professional groups only. Some restrictions apply.

Production

Details

  • Setting: The mind, thought, and memory of Quentin.

Casting

12m, 11f

QUENTIN - a lawyer in his forties
FELICE - a divorced dancer
HOLGA - Quentin's prospective third wife
MOTHER - Quentin's mother
DAN - Quentin's brother
FATHER - Quentin's father
MAGGIE - Quentin's deceased second wife
ELSIE - Lou's wife
LOUISE - Quentin's divorced first wife
LOU - a professor facing dismissal for his Communist past.
MICKEY - a lawyer repudiated for his Communist past.
CARRIE - Maggie's maid.
DOCTOR
NURSES
WOMAN WITH PARROT
MAN IN THE PARK
CHAIRMAN
REVEREND HARLEY BARNES
PORTER
SECRETARY
LUCAS
CLERGYMAN

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Cast Attributes

  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Arthur Miller

Arthur Miller (1915- 2005) was born in New York City and studied at the University of Michigan. 2015 marked the centenary of his birth. His plays include The Man Who Had All the Luck (1944), All My Sons (1947), Death of A Salesman (1949), The Crucible (1953), A View From the Bridge and A Memory of Two Mondays (1955), A ...

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After the Fall premiered on Broadway at the ANTA Washington Square Theatre in January of 1964 under the direction of Elia Kazan.

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