The American Clock

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The American Clock is a 1980 play by Arthur Miller. The play is about 1930s America during The Great Depression. It is based in part on Studs Terkel's Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression.


  • Theodore K. Quinn
  • Lee Baum
  • Rose Baum (Lee's Mother)
  • Arthur A. Robertson
  • Clarence, a shoeshine man
  • Fanny Margolies (Rose's Sister)
  • Sidney Margolies (Fanny's son)
  • Lucille (Fanny's daughter)
  • Grandpa (Rose's Father)
  • Frank (The Baums' Chauffeur)
  • Dr. Rossman
  • Jesse Livermore
  • William Durant
  • Arthur Clayton
  • Tony (Speakeasy Owner)
  • Diana Morgan
  • Henry Taylor (A Farmer)
  • Irene
  • Banks, a black veteran
  • Judge Bradley
  • Sheriff
  • Isaac
  • Moe Baum (Lee's Father)
  • Brewster
  • Doris Gross (Sidney's wife)
  • Stanislaus

Performance History[edit]

The play premiered on Broadway at the Biltmore Theatre on November 11, 1980; closing on November 30, 1980 after 23 performances. The cast included Miller's younger sister, Joan Copeland, who won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play for her portrayal of Rose Baum. In March 2012 director Phil Willmott revived the show at the Finborough Theatre in London.

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