Apr 6, 2006    #018
Contact: Wandra Brooks Green

UMKC Theatre Presents The American Clock by Arthur Miller in Grant Hall Theatre

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Theatre Department presents Arthur Miller’s “The American Clock” in Grant Hall Theatre with previews beginning February 24 and performances March 1-4. This undergraduate production will be directed by Ron Schaeffer.

“The American Clock” is full of popular period songs set against a bleak depiction of the Great American Depression. The title comes from a speech by a rich man looking down from his apartment at a Hooverville community of the homeless living in cardboard boxes in Riverside Park in New York City. He muses that “…there’s never been a society that hasn’t had a clock running on it, and you can’t help wondering – How long?”

Arthur Miller is considered one of America’s finest playwrights. His works include “All My Sons, The Crucible, A View from the Bridge,” and the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Death of a Salesman.”

Ron Schaeffer is the production manager for the Kansas City Repertory Theatre and the UMKC Theatre. He teaches directing, stage management courses, and supervises stage management for all departmental and professional productions. He has extensive directing and stage management credits, including stage manager of the original production of “Hair” on Broadway for nearly three years; two seasons at Lincoln Center including “A Cry of Players” with Anne Bancroft and Frank Langella; the “Bernstein Mass” which opened The Kennedy Center; and several summer stock seasons. Schaeffer has directed for the Unicorn, Quality Hill Playhouse and the 39th St. Theatre in Kansas City, as well as for various summer theatres. He also directs for the UMKC Theatre each year. Schaeffer was brought to the Rep by Patricia McIlrath in 1980 and also has served under Artistic Directors George Keathley and Peter Altman.

Previews Friday, Feb. 24 7:30p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 25 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 26 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 28 7:30 p.m.

Opens Wednesday, Mar. 1 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Mar. 2 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Mar. 3 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Mar. 4 2:00 p.m./7:30 p.m.

Close Sunday, Mar. 2 2:00 p.m.

Tickets for the performances can be purchased at the Central Ticket Office at (816) 235-6222 or by visiting (see Playbill).

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban affairs.

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This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).


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