May 11, 2005
HONORING STALIN IN EUROPE AND STALINISTS IN AMERICA (via Robert Schwartz):
Remembering Arthur Miller, a Playwright of Conviction (JASON ZINOMAN,
May 10, 2005, NY Times)
Friends, family and a distinguished roster of American playwrights - Edward Albee, Tony Kushner and John Guare, among others - gathered in the Majestic Theater yesterday to honor Arthur Miller, who died in February at 89.
Mr. Miller was celebrated as a man of rock-solid integrity and political conviction, with a firm belief in the transformative power of theater. Providing the opening and closing remarks was the Rev. William Sloane Coffin Jr., a friend of Mr. Miller's and former senior minister at Riverside Church. "Arthur was brilliant, so funny and on occasion, strangely tender," he said.
Some of the most poignant words spoken at the memorial were, not surprisingly, Mr. Miller's own. Daniel Day-Lewis, who is married to Mr. Miller's daughter Rebecca, read from an essay in Mr. Miller's collection "Echoes Down the Corridor," and Estelle Parsons read the speech Linda Loman gives at her husband's funeral in "Death of a Salesman." Joan Copeland, Mr. Miller's sister, read from "The American Clock," a Miller play inspired by Studs Terkel's "Hard Times," in which she starred on Broadway in 1980.
Ms. Miller, a film director, read from one of Mr. Miller's poems; his son, Robert, a film producer, brought cheers when he read his father's letter to the House Un-American Activities Committee explaining why he would not name names.
Because he was a co-conspirator in a plot to overthrow our Republic? Posted by Orrin Judd at May 11, 2005 9:24 AM