STATEMENT: 'Arthur Miller Centennial: Attention Must Be Paid' (2014)
The Dramatists Guild of America, the national association of playwrights, librettists, composers and lyricists, is proud to support the drive to have Arthur Miller honored with a United States Postage Stamp on the 100th Anniversary of Arthur Miller's birth, October 15, 2015. A lifetime member of the Dramatists Guild, Mr. Miller was the first playwright to win the Drama Critics Circle Award, Tony Award, and Pulitzer Prize for Drama all in the same year for "DEATH OF A SALESMAN" in 1949. Other Miller plays include "ALL MY SONS," "A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE," "THE PRICE," "THE CRUCIBLE," among many others, and no day goes by where one of his plays is not being performed somewhere in the world. As President of PEN International, Arthur Miller was a powerful voice for free speech not only in his plays and essays but in his speeches and personal appearances. Like other Dramatists Guild members Moss Hart, Tennessee Williams, and Eugene O'Neill, who have all been commemorated with US Postage stamps, Arthur Miller is deserving of this honor. The Dramatists Guild will petition both the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee and the US Postmaster to put forward this request. The Guild also urges its members to support the effort and encourage theatres, artistic directors, performers, designers, technicians and all the artists who work in the theatres around the country to help this remarkable American writer be properly honored for his life's work.
Letters of support may be sent to:
The Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee
475 L'Enfant Plaza SW
Room 4474 EB
Washington DC 20260-0010
To contact US Postmaster Patrick R. Donahoe, e-mail can be sent to email@example.com
Arthur Miller’s work was not only timely, but timeless, and his importance to our nation’s history, as both an artist and a citizen, requires proper acknowledgement on the occasion of his centennial. As he himself once wrote, attention must be paid to such a man.