Outspoken Americans: Marilyn, Miller and Kazan

The UnAmerican – Claude Solnik’s new play about the tangled relationships of Marilyn, Arthur Miller, and Elia Kazan, set during the 1950s ‘red scare,’ with Victorious Konig playing MM – is now playing at the Theatre for the New City on First Avenue, NYC (between 9th and 10th Street), until March 13. This is clearly an enticing topic for dramatists, previously explored in Jack Canfora’s Fellow Travellers (2018.) Oddly, a web trailer for The UnAmerican states that Miller testified in 1947 – in fact, his court case occurred ten years later, when he and Marilyn were married.

“This new play about Arthur Miller, Marilyn Monroe and Elia Kazan follows their lives framed around Miller’s testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee or HUAC hearings. The show, premiering at Theatre for the New City, tells the story of one of the great trios in American theatrical history, while focusing on these historic hearings. We see three lives intersect, watch their relationships evolve and, along the way, meet Hedda Hopper, the committee chairman and a shadowy ‘producer’ of the spectacle. The Unamerican is a powerful show in which a cast with experience ranging from Broadway to cinema portrays relationships through the lens of history. Marilyn Monroe, Miller’s fiancée and Kazan’s former lover, becomes entangled in the proceedings that threaten to derail more than their careers. The Unamerican is a powerful new play that looks at three great American lives all intertwined in one story set at a time when it was truly dangerous to be an outspoken American.”