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Beginnings

New York, 1915. Arthur Miller is born to a prosperous family in the clothing business. But when the stock market crashes, the Millers face ruin. By Mike Walker.

Arthur Miller would have been 100 years old on October 17th this year. To mark the centenary BBC Radio 4, LA Theatre Works, and a stellar American cast have come together to produce four new dramas by Mike Walker and Jonathan Holloway.

As a writer Miller felt that to create a character, you had to understand how family, circumstances and events had shaped that character. 'The fish is in the water and the water is in the fish', as he famously put it. These specially commissioned plays recreate some of the experiences that shaped Miller himself, throwing light on how he would become one of the most influential playwrights in American literature.

1. Beginnings
Arthur Miller is born in New York on the 17th of October 1915 to a prosperous family in the clothing business. A poor school student, he loves making things with wood and dreams of becoming a crooner. But when the stock market crashes and the Millers face ruin, Arthur contemplates a different future. By Mike Walker.

Producer for LA Theatre Works: Susan Loewenberg
Associate Producers: Anna Lyse Erikson and Myke D Wysekopf
Sound by Mark Holden, Wes Dewberry, and Catherine Robinson

A BBC/Cymru Wales and LA Theatre Works Co-Production, directed by Kate McAll

LA Theatre Works is a non-profit audio drama company based in Los Angeles that records classic and contemporary plays. They have been collaborating with the BBC for nearly 30 years, beginning with a production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible that starred Richard Dreyfuss and Stacey Keach.

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Wed 26 Jul 2017 14:15

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Credits

Role Contributor
Narrator Ed Harris
Arthur Miller Ben Feldman
Isidore Miller Gregory Itzin
Augusta Miller Kate Burton
Maid Anna Lyse Erikson
Kermit Miller Matthew Wolf
Ed Matthew Wolf
William Fox Andre Sogliuzzo
Dozick Andre Sogliuzzo
Harry Andre Sogliuzzo
Young Marxist Michael Kirby
Aunt Betty Jane Kaczmarek
Mary Slattery Devon Sorvari
Director Kate McAll
Writer Mike Walker

Broadcasts

BBC Radio: Full details of the Arthur Miller Season on Radio 3, 4 and 4 Extra.

BBC Radio: Full details of the Arthur Miller Season on Radio 3, 4 and 4 Extra.

Life and Times of Arthur Miller cast members Heidi Dippold, Ed Asner and Devon Brand.

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Audio Books - great readings

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