Monday, January 22, 2018
On this day in 1953, Arthur Miller’s Crucible premiered in New York City. The play—a dramatization of the Salem witch trials—was a parable about America in the McCarthy era. Four years earlier, at the relatively young age of 33, Miller (1915-2005) had won a Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize for his play Death of a Salesman.
Miller's father, who was born in Austria-Hungary (now Poland), moved to New York and married a native New Yorker whose parents were also Polish immigrants. The Miller family was extremely prosperous until the Wall Street Crash of 1929. The Dow lost 90% of its value and the Millers lost their fortune. They moved from upscale Manhattan to working-class Brooklyn where young Arthur delivered bread in the mornings before school to help pay for the family's expenses.
Arthur Miller worked his way through college at the University of Michigan where he wrote his first play and discovered his passion. After graduation, he returned to his hometown and, in the fullness of time, became one of America's greatest playwrights. Miller once noted, “The word ‘now’ is like a bomb thrown through the window, and it ticks.” And so it does for all of us….
Do It Now, If Not Sooner
“’Now’ is the operative word. Everything you put in your way is just a method of putting off the hour when you could actually be doing your dream. You don't need endless time and perfect conditions. Do it now.”
Alfred North Whitehead
“There is no present or future, only the past, happening over and over again, now.”
”You can achieve only that which you will do.”
“For purposes of action nothing is more useful than narrowness of thought combined with energy of will.”
Henri Frédéric Amiel
“Fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds run.”
Today’s Bible Verse
While it is daytime, we must continue doing the work of the One who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.
John 9:4 NCV