PCC / News / May 1, 2006

There will be plenty of luck at this play

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"Man who had all the luck" Poster

In honor of Arthur Miller’s passing, PCC is presenting Miller’s first professionally produced play, "The Man Who Had All the Luck." Adapted from a novel by Miller of the same name, the 1944 play is now considered a long-forgotten classic.

"This is a timeless story and it resonates as much today as it did back in 1944 when it premiered on Broadway," said Michael Najjar, theater arts instructor and the play’s director. "I had seen, ‘The Man Who Had All the Luck,’ in Los Angeles several years ago and thought that it would be a challenging play for actors and designers.

"Coincidentally, this play is currently being produced as a Hollywood film with Arthur Miller’s daughter Rebecca writing the screenplay," he added. "When Arthur Miller died last year I wanted to direct one of his plays at PCC as a tribute to him, and this play instantly came to mind."

PCC Theater Arts will tour the play at each of the three comprehensive campuses – Sylvania, Rock Creek and Cascade.

The production will premiere at Sylvania’s Little Theatre at 7:30 p.m. from May 11-13. There will be a special matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 14. The play will move to the Rock Creek Forum at 7:30 p.m. from May 18-20 with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 21. The show will wrap up its tour at Cascade’s Daniel F. Moriarty Arts & Humanities Building at 7:30 p.m. from June 1-3. The play will conclude its run with a 2 p.m. show on Sunday, June 4.

"Ever since I arrived at PCC Sylvania I wanted to see the theatrical spaces at the other campuses utilized," Najjar said. "Nature hates a vacuum, and a vacant theatre is such a vacuum. A theatrical space is meant to be utilized, to be filled with performers and audiences. PCC has many great performance spaces

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