Arthur Miller’s Tragedies of the Common Man
Instructor: Bridget Kathleen O’Leary
5 sessions beginning on February 13th
Biosketch: Bridget Kathleen O’Leary is a Boston-based theater artist specializing in directing and new play development. For over a decade she served as the Associate Artistic Director at New Repertory Theatre. She is the Literary Chair on the Executive Committee for the National New Play Network (NNPN), where she connects with over 100 theater companies across the United States who are dedicated to the production, development and continued life of new plays. She serves on the selection committees for the NNPN showcase of new works and the Kennedy Center’s MFA Playwrights Workshop, where she has directed several readings. Bridget has directed over a dozen productions for New Rep including world premieres of Ripe Frenzy, Blackberry Winter (Elliot Norton nomination for Best Play), Scenes from an Adultery, and Pattern of Life (IRNE Award for Best New Play). Also at New Rep, Collected Stories and Dollhouse, both nominated for Best Production for Elliot Norton Awards. Other directing credits include Grand Concourse for Speakeasy Stage Company, Othello for Actors Shakespeare Project, The Flick for Gloucester Stage Company, and Reconsidering Hanna(h) for Boston Playwrights Theatre. Before moving to Boston, Bridget lived in Washington, D.C., where she co-founded Phoenix Theatre DC. For Phoenix, she directed the world premieres of Lulu Fabulous and Unwrapped: An Evening of Women’s Voices, along with production of Parallel Lives: The Kathy and Mo Show and Independence. Bridget earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in Directing from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts and a Certificate in Arts Administration from Boston University.
Course Description: Arthur Miller was a pioneer of American modern theater and one of the most important playwrights of the 20th century. This course will explore Miller’s work through the lens of his seminal essay “The Tragedy of the Common Man.” We will discuss the common language, characters and themes in four of his plays: Death of a Salesman, After the Fall, A View from the Bridge and Broken Glass. These should be easy to find at your local library or can also be purchased. We will provide Miller’s essay “Tragedy and the Common Man.”