Oddfellows Playhouse Teen Repertory Company presents a mainstage production of The American Clock by Arthur Miller from April 30-May 9. Jill Giles directs a cast of 18 talented teens, in this powerful story of the Great Depression, based in part on Studs Terkel’s book, Hard Times.
In a play he dubs “a vaudeville,” Arthur Miller has captured the era’s tension between the painful hardship suffered by so many individuals and the exhilarating optimism of the songs and radio shows of the popular culture. Between 1929 and 1945, the stock market crashes, homes are foreclosed upon, unemployment soars, and people stand in bread lines— and the radio plays “Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries.” Oddfellows’ Teen Repertory Company recreates a timely and timeless story that helps us better understand and cope with today’s events.
Major support for Oddfellows’ 2008-2009 season comes from the State Department of Education, CT Commission on Culture & Tourism, Middlesex United Way, Middletown Commission on the Arts, The Stare Fund, Pratt and Whitney—Middletown and The J. Walton Bissell Foundation. The American Clock previews at Oddfellows Playhouse at 128 Washington Street in Middletown on Thursday, April 30 at 7 pm, with a “can-can” performance (pay-what-you-can and bring a can for the Amazing Grace food pantry). Additional performances are on May 1, 2, 8, and 9 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $12 adults and $8 students and seniors. For more information or to reserve tickets, call (860) 347-6143.