Arthur Miller at the Goodman

Heather Prete and Matthew Modine in the 2004 Goodman production of Finishing the Picture. Photo by Liz Lauren.
Heather Prete and Matthew Modine in the 2004 Goodman production of Finishing the Picture. Photo by Liz Lauren.

1953 – David B. Itkin, director of the Goodman Memorial Theatre, introduces Chicago audiences to Arthur Miller’s work with a production of Death of a Salesman.

1955 – Maurice Gnesin directs a production of The Crucible. The production features costumes from famed designer Theoni V. Aldredge, who went on to create a fashion sensation with her designs for the film The Great Gatsby. A multiple Tony Award winner, Aldredge also designed the original Broadway productions of Dreamgirls, Annie, A Chorus Line and many others.

1980 – Former Goodman Artistic Director Gregory Mosher directs Miller’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People. Starring Academy Award nominee Paul Winfield, the production is widely considered the first use of “colorblind” casting in Chicago—a practice the Goodman would continue to advance, notably in its annual production of A Christmas Carol. Mosher’s production later appeared at Philadelphia’s Zellerbach Theatre.

1998 – Goodman Artistic Director Robert Falls directs Death of a Salesman starring Brian Dennehy in the titular role of Willy Loman and Elizabeth Franz as his wife, Linda. The production, which featured set design by Mark Wendland, strayed from the typical “cut-away house” design concept favored by most productions since the play’s premiere nearly 50 years prior. A smash success, the production transferred to Broadway, where it won Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Play and trophies for Falls, Dennehy and Franz. It subsequently traveled to Los Angeles, St. Louis and London’s West End, where Dennehy added an Olivier Award to his accolades.

2004 – Miller, taken with Falls’ production of Salesman, tapped him to direct Finishing the Picture, the play that would be the playwright’s final work. Loosely inspired by Miller’s tumultuous marriage with Marilyn Monroe, Finishing the Picture’s cast included stage and screen stars Stacy Keach, Linda Lavin and Matthew Modine. Miller passed away just five months after the play’s world premiere, at age 89.


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