A rare performance of Arthur Miller’s first Broadway play – The Man Who Had All the Luck – is to be staged at Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree Studio for one-night only on Wednesday, October 10.
This is the first Scottish tour of the play, from multi-award-winning Sell A Door Theatre Company in association with the acclaimed Mull Theatre.
Famed playwright Arthur Miller once described his work as having the American dream as its background, with the American nightmare at its foreground.
Written in 1944, when America was at a cultural and political crossroads, The Man Who Had All the Luck was his first foray into Broadway and closed after only four performances.
With America bursting with national pride, months away from winning World War II, it was perhaps the timing of this examination of the country’s social responsibility that sealed its fate.
The play tells the story of 1930s US smalltown motor mechanic David Beeves (played by Stephen Bisland) who is blessed with good fortune while his family and friends face difficult times. Yet the more success he achieves, the more guilty, depressed and paranoid David feels about the plight of those around him and he begins to wonder what will happen when his luck runs out . . .
Miller’s reaction ironically exemplifies one of the play’s dominating themes; that a man’s success is ultimately determined by how he responds to the luck he is dealt - whether he lies down or stands back up, sinks or swims.
The production is supported by Creative Scotland’s Quality Productions fund, and is the first co-production between Mull Theatre and Sell A Door Theatre Company.
Tickets are available online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.