Theatre Department brings The American Clock to the Raabe stage

Date Posted: April 12, 2010

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MILWAUKEE – The Wisconsin Lutheran College theatre department will present Arthur Miller's The American Clock on April 23-25, 28-29 & May 1, 2010. All performances will take place in the Raabe Theatre. The Sunday, April 25 show is at 3 p.m., while all others take place at 8 p.m.

Playwright Arthur Miller stated that he was acting on an epic impulse when he wrote The American Clock over 30 years ago. It is a story about a family similar to Miller's own and also an attempt to explore the American condition in the final decades of the 20th century through the lens of the Great Depression. Miller wrote: "The thematic question was whether America, like all civilizations, had a clock running on it, an approaching time of weakening and death." The inspiration for the play was Studs Terkel's oral history, Hard Times, and Miller revealed that "at the play's end, we should feel ... a renewed awareness of the American's improvisational strength, his almost subliminal faith that things can and must be made to work out."

The Raabe Theatre is located in the college's Center for Arts and Performance at 8815 W. Wisconsin Ave. Tickets are $10 adults, $8 seniors and $6 students. To purchase tickets, call the WLC box office at (414) 443-8802 or visit

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