Report: Mayer and Roundabout Working on New Version of After the Fall

News   Report: Mayer and Roundabout Working on New Version of After the Fall Director Michael Mayer and playwright Arthur Miller are working on a new version of the latter's 1964 work, After the Fall, for the Roundabout Theatre Company, Variety reported.

Director Michael Mayer and playwright Arthur Miller are working on a new version of the latter's 1964 work, After the Fall, for the Roundabout Theatre Company, Variety reported.

Oscar winner Hilary Swank starred in a reading of After the Fall, sponsored by the Roundabout Theatre Company, on July 23, 2001. She acted opposite Peter Friedman. Mayer directed.

According the Variety, the play is being prepped for a slot in the Roundabout's 2003-04 season.

After the Fall is the only major Miller work which has not received the deluxe treatment on the New York stage in recent years. Mayer himself directed A View from the Bridge at the Roundabout—the show that arguably kicked off the current Miller renaissance. Since then, Broadway has seen major revivals of Death of a Salesman, The Price, The Crucible, with The Man Who Had All the Luck about to open Roundabout's American Airlines Theatre. Off-Broadway, meanwhile, has hosted new views of The American Clock and All My Sons.

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 Academy Award for "Boys Don't Cry."

—By Robert Simonson