The Price – Arthur Miller (1967)

The Price is a two-act play written in 1967 by Arthur Miller. It is about family dynamics, the price of furniture and the price of one’s decisions. The play premiered on Broadway in 1968, and has been revived four times on Broadway. It was nominated for two 1968 Tony Awards. Miller stated that he wrote the play as a response to the Vietnam War and the ‘avant-garde plays that to one or another degree fit the absurd styles.’ The play opened on Broadway at the Morosco Theatre on February 7, 1968 where it played until the production moved to the 46th Street Theatre on November 18, 1968. The play closed on February 15, 1969 after 429 performances. The opening cast included Harold Gary as Gregory Solomon, Pat Hingle as Victor Franz, Kate Reid as Esther Franz, and Arthur Kennedy as Walter Franz. The Price was nominated for two 1968 Tony Awards, for Best Play (Arthur Miller, writer; Robert Whitehead, producer) and Best Scenic Design (Boris Aronson). The Price lost in the ‘Best Play’ category to Tom Stoppard‘s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. … The Price has been revived four times on Broadway since the original 1968 production. … After the Great Depression, Victor Franz gave up going to college to support his father. After 30 years, Victor returns to sell his parents’ estate. His wife, Esther, his brother, Walter, and a canny furniture dealer have their own agendas. Victor must finally deal with his sacrifice. Characters: Victor Franz – A police sergeant, eligible for retirement and approaching his fiftieth birthday. The character is based on Irving Abrams, Miller’s childhood friend, who attended Columbia University and had the highest IQ on the NYC police force. Esther Franz – Victor’s wife, it is suggested that Esther may have a problem with drinking. Gregory Solomon – A wily Russian-Jewish antique dealer, an octogenarian. … Walter Franz – Victor’s brother, a successful doctor Victor hasn’t spoken to in years. …”
NY Times: Arthur Miller’s ‘The Price’ By CLIVE BARNES (1967)
The Enduring Importance of Arthur Miller: The Price and The Hook

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