From the Poetry Center Archive: Arthur Miller reads from Death of a Salesman at 92Y in February of 1955
As its season finale on May 23, 92Y’s Unterberg Poetry Center will present “On Arthur Miller: A Playwrights’ Conversation”. With a revival of Death of a Salesman now running on Broadway, Tony Kushner leads a group of his contemporaries—Oskar Eustis, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Rinne Groff and Richard Nelson—in a discussion of the playwright’s work. The evening will open with a reading of Miller’s Elegy for a Lady by actors Marin Ireland and Jay O. Sanders.
“American playwrights have most to learn from the sound of Arthur Miller’s voice,” says Kushner, who edits Miller’s Collected Plays for the Library of America. “Humility, decency, generosity are its trademarks. Turn down the braying of ego, it says to us, turn down the chatter of entertainment … reach for a deeper judgment.
Today, in anticipation of Wednesday night, we’re sharing an archival recording of Miller himself reading from Death of a Salesman here at 92Y in February of 1955.
In an ongoing effort to share with our readers some of the great literary moments which the Poetry Center has presented across the decades, this blog has begun to feature regular postings of archival recordings. To purchase tickets to “On Arthur Miller: A Playwrights’ Conversation,” please click here. And for access to other recordings from the Poetry Center archive, please click here.