He generally directs at least one show a year for The Rep,
Over the years, Miller has directed The Rep's productions of "Death of a Salesman," "All My Sons" and "The View From the Bridge," all of which were written by his father,
He's been a distinguished master artist in residence at
He's also a
The closest he has gotten to lighter fare is
"Actually, I think I'm a pretty funny guy," Miller says. "I would love to do a Marx Brothers(-style) comedy like 'Room Service,' " he says.
That ambition will have to wait for another season.
Right now, he's in the midst of rehearsals for
"It is a sad story," Miller says. "But these characters are so dear. There's a certain nobility about these people that really moves me."
Published as part of a collection of short stories in 1937 while the Depression was still in full swing, "Of Mice and Men" preceded Steinbeck's best-known work "The Grapes of Wrath," which was published in 1939.
It told the story of two drifters -- the mentally challenged and childlike Lennie and the more savvy George, who does what he can to protect Lennie.
The two men travel through
George does the planning, talking and negotiating for the pair. Lennie compensates for his lack of intelligence with his size and strength by literally doing the heavy lifting during the long days of physical labor.
They have a small dream of getting together enough money to buy a small ranch where they could be their own bosses and "live off the fat of the land." But fate has other plans for them.
Soon after its publication, "Of Mice and Men" made its debut on
It had two revivals on
"It's pretty much like the book, but less expository about the landscape," Miller says.
While preparing for rehearsals, Miller watched both of the movies -- the black-and-white 1939 one with
"The Malkovich (version) didn't work for me. So, I looked at the Burgess Meredith/
Neither portrayed the characters the way Miller wants them to be seen.
He hopes to improve on this with his production that features
"The characters are so beautifully drawn and undeniably broken," Miller says. "I have a certain respect for these people who hold onto their hopes and get up every morning and want more out of their lives. They get what they can and give what they can."
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