The words of Arthur Miller: “The theatre is so endlessly fascinating because it’s so accidental. It’s so much like life.”
The cast of The Price have assembled their favourite Arthur Miller quotes for drama on the waterfront – most are from The Price, but some are from his other works or interviews he gave. They give great insight into the man himself. (For more insight, come along on Thursday, 29 August from 7.15pm for a pre-show talk in the Circa foyer, “Arthur Miller: Inside of His Head” by Victoria University lecturer Dr Lori Leigh.
“Well, all the plays I was trying to write were plays that would grab an audience by the throat and not release them, rather than presenting an emotion which you could observe and walk away from.” – Arthur Miller
“Not that I’m mixing in, but I don’t have to tell you the average family they love each other like crazy, but the minute the parents die is all of a sudden a question who is going to get what and you’re covered with cats and dogs.” – Gregory Solomon, The Price
Victor You really got married at 75?
Solomon What’s so terrible?
Victor No. I think it’s terrific. But what was the point? – The Price
“Good luck you never know until the last minute, my boy”. – Solomon, The Price
“So many times I thought the thing he wanted most was to talk to his brother, and if they could… But he’s come and he’s gone. And I still feel it, isn’t that terrible. It always seems to me that one little step more, and some crazy kind of forgiveness will come and lift up everybody. When do you stop being so foolish?” – Esther Franz, The Price
“What’s the difference what you know? Do you do everything you know?” –Victor, The Price
“…everything has to be disposable. Because you see the main thing today is shopping. Years ago a person, he was unhappy, didn’t know what to do with himself; he go to church, start a revolution, something. Today you’re unhappy? Can’t figure it out? What is the salvation? Go shopping.” – Solomon, The Price
“Don’t be seduced into thinking that that which does not make a profit is without value.” – AM
“Success, instead of giving freedom of choice, becomes a way of life. There’s no country I’ve been to where people, when you come into a room and sit down with them, so often ask you, “What do you do?” And, being American, many’s the time I’ve almost asked that question, then realized it’s good for my soul not to know. For a while! Just to let the evening wear on and see what I think of this person without knowing what he does and how successful he is, or what a failure. We’re ranking everybody every minute of the day.” – Arthur Miller, Paris Review,
“Betrayal is the only truth that sticks.” – After the Fall
“The theatre is so endlessly fascinating because it’s so accidental. It’s so much like life.” – AM
The Price runs in Circa One until 7 September. To book, call the Circa Box office on 801-7992 or visit www.circa.co.nz.