Hilary Swank Stars in Roundabout Reading of Miller's Fall

News   Hilary Swank Stars in Roundabout Reading of Miller's Fall Oscar winner Hilary Swank starred in a reading of Arthur Miller's After the Fall, sponsored by the Roundabout Theatre Company, on July 23. She acted opposite Peter Friedman. Michael Mayer directed.

Oscar winner Hilary Swank starred in a reading of Arthur Miller's After the Fall, sponsored by the Roundabout Theatre Company, on July 23. She acted opposite Peter Friedman. Michael Mayer directed.

After the Fall was commissioned by New York's Lincoln Center in 1964 and was Miller's first play in nine years. It premiered just two years after Marilyn Monroe's death and is believed to be a semiautobiographical work about Miller's marriage to the late film star. The lead character is a lawyer named Quentin who becomes infatuated with a popular singer named Maggie. Elia Kazan directed the play. Since then, it has been revived from time to time but has typically failed to win the favor the critics.

Swank won her Oscar for "Boys Don't Cry." Her name has of late popped up in connection with various theatre projects, including as a possible replacement for Mary-Louise Parker in Proof.

Mayer directed the Roundabout Theatre Company Broadway revival of A View From a Bridge, one of the first big productions of the ongoing Miller renaissance. In its wake came acclaimed revivals of Death of a Salesman and The Price, as well as a new Miller play, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan.

—By Robert Simonson