January 23rd – After The Fall

1964

Arthur Miller & Marilyn Monroe

Arthur Miller & Marilyn Monroe

Today Arthur Miller’s new autobiographical play, “After The Fall”, exploring his life and failed marriage with Marilyn Monroe opens at the ANTA Washington Square Theatre on West 4th St, New York.

Starring Jason Robards Jnr and Barbara Loden and directed by Elia Kazan, it ran for 208 performances and won Barbara Loden a Theatre World award and a Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Play, as well as a Tony nomination for Jason Robards Jnr.

The play takes place inside the mind of Quentin, a New York intellectual who tries to decide whether to marry his latest love by re-examining his past. It was unpopular with critics for its non-linear format and for the all too accurate portrayal of the character Maggie’s suicide, uncomfortably similar to Monroe’s.  Miller even fell out of favour with one of his biggest admirers, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, who found his lack of loyalty to Marilyn’s memory highly distasteful.

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