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Contemporary American Theater: Interviews with Miller, Judd, and Bracken



In this interview segment, Arthur Miller discusses the ideas behind the writing of The Ryan Interview, including the human need to connect to a past, the rapidly changing American countryside and culture, and the importance of valuing older people. He also talks about who the characters were based on. Actors Ashley Judd and Eddie Bracken comment on the importance of listening.

Suggested Uses:

  • Show with the performance segment from The Ryan Interview.
  • Show along with the interview segment with Marsha Norman on About Drama and compare the two playwrights’ descriptions of where they get their ideas.
  • Show this segment and the performance segment before having students interview older people in the community.

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