After the Fall

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After the Fall [1] is a 1964 play by American playwright Arthur Miller. The action takes place in the mind, thought and memory of Quentin - partly in the present (1964) and mostly in the past, while he reexamines his life in order to decide if he should marry his latest love, Holga.

Performance history in South Africa

1964: Leonard Schach was involved in the Broadway debut of this production and had befriended Miller. He obtained the rights to the play and produced it, with Leon Gluckman, just months after its Broadway premiere, in Wits University Great Hall Johannesburg as part of the Johannesburg Festival and Luxurama Theatre, Cape Town (Cockpit Players) in 1964 for multi-racial audiences. This was the last play directed by Leonard Schach prior to settling in Israel. The cast included Joyce Bradley (Rose), Leon Gluckman (Quentin) (Three Leaf Arts Award as Best Actor, 1965), American actor Robert Aden [2] (Ike), Michael Drin (Mickey), Jane Fenn (Carrie), Liz Francis Elsie), Mary Miller (Felice), Joanna Palmer (Holga), Helga Saunders (Louise), Roger Spence (Dan), Simon Swindell (Lou) and Erica Rogers (Maggie).

1967: The British premiere of the play took place on 31 October 1967 at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. The cast included no fewer than six South Africans: Erica Rogers, Leon Gluckman, Vivienne Drummond, Marika Mann, Joyce Grant and Michael McGovern, as well as Mann's husband, John McKelvey. It was directed by Leonard Schach.

1981: PACT’s opening production in the Pretoria State Theatre, directed by Leonard Schach, with Brian Murray (Quentin), Pamela Gien (Felice), Erica Rogers (Maggie), Rika Sennett (Holga), Don Lamprecht (Dan), Norman Coombes (Father), Vivienne Drummond (Mother), Roelien Spruyt (Nurse), Karen Lebos (Nurse), Louise Saint-Claire (Elsie), Aletta Bezuidenhout (Louise), Ronald Wallace (Lou), Michael McCabe (Mickey), Deon Stewardson (Lucas & Man in park), Jean Davids (Carrie), Leslie Fong (Harley Barnes).

Translations and adaptations


Inskip, 1977. p 123.

After the Fall theatre programme, 1964.

PACT theatre programme, 1981.

Petru & Carel Trichardt theatre programme collection.

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