Please join Walden Theatre for Arthur Miller’s The American Clock, directed by Lucas Adams.

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The play, based in part on the reportage of Studs Terkel’s Hard Times, is told in a series of vignettes about people who are displaced, financially ruined, and struggling desperately to adapt to life after the stock market crash of 1929. At the center of the vignettes is the Baum family, whose own fortunes have taken a dramatic downturn.

Director Lucas Adams returns to Walden after directing another Great Depression-era play in 2011: Waiting for Lefty by Clifford Odets. “This kind of theatre is important,” said Adams. “We are able to draw comparisons with our own lives and see ourselves in each character that takes the stage.”

Given current economic uncertainty and the lingering consequences of the mortgage crisis, there’s ample basis for audiences–and Walden Theatre’s company of teen actors–to understand how a market crash can threaten the lives of everyone, from bankers and industrialists all the way down to small-time farmers remote from the financial sector. Then all that remains is to tell the stories of these individuals and how they respond to their circumstances with grit, humor, and heart.

Performances of The American Clock by Arthur Miller, directed by Lucas Adams, and performed by Walden Theatre Conservatory students run February 23 to March 3 on the Nancy Niles Sexton Stage at Walden Theatre, 1123 Payne Street in Louisville. Evening shows are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30pm, and matinée performances are Saturdays at 2:00pm. Evening tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for students/seniors, and matinée tickets cost $10 for adults and $8 for students/seniors. Tickets and are available at the door or by emailing Outreach Director Dan Welch. The theatre is fully accessible, but please call ahead with any specific needs. Box office opens one hour before showtime. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. All seating is general admission.