20 Jul 1999
Established six years ago in memory of the deceased actress siblings, the Gish Prize recognizes outstanding talent in all artistic fields. Past winners include author Isabel Allende, singer/songwriter Bob Dylan and director Ingmar Bergman. Miller will receive a silver medallion and about $200,000 at a ceremony in October.
Miller is widely recognized as one of the greatest American playwrights of the century. Besides the Pulitzer Prize-winning Salesman, he also wrote A View From the Bridge and The Crucible, the controversial, metaphorical play on the Red scare which landed him in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee.
With Death of a Salesman a Tony-winning Broadway smash, and last season's The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, the past two seasons have seen a revival of interest in Miller's ouevre. The Roundabout produced a 1997 revival of A View from a Bridge, and then Off-Broadway's Signature Theatre dedicated an entire season to Miller's work -- including productions of The American Clock, The Last Yankee, I Can't Remember Anything, and the world premiere of Mr. Peter's Connection. In August, The Williamstown Theatre Festival will produce a revival of The Price, directed by James Naughton.
-- By Sean McGrath