2 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, May 1, 2000
Proposed theater to honor Arthur Miller
By Joselyn Gingrich
Daily News Editor
Fulfilling a promise he made while interviewing
for his position, University President Lee
Bollinger will present a plan for a new theater
named after University alum Arthur Miller at this
month's University Board of Regents meeting.
"The Arthur Miller theater is part of the vision
he described when he was being interviewed," said
Regent Rebecca McGowan (D-Ann Arbor). "It's
an exciting project."
The proposed theater - which still has to be
approved by University Regents - is planned to
be attached to the Power Center for Performing
Arts on Huron Street and to include the relocated
Trueblood Theater from the aging Frieze Building.
The plan is to have it "between the power plant
and the Power Center" said Bollinger's Chief of
Staff Chacona Johnson.
"The location is eminently sensible:' McGowan
Johnson said the preliminary plans include a
600-seat theater although an architect has not
yet been hired.
"I've very supportive," McGowan said. "This
will add to the quality of life in the arts and the
University and for those of us fortunate enough to'
live in the area."
Kenneth Fischer, director of the University
Musical Society, said the addition of a new the-
ater will make it easier to bring events to cam-
pus without taking away theater space from
"The addition of a new theater eases the situa-
tion for everybody," Fischer said. "It means more
great theater in Ann Arbor without compromising
Johnson said Bollinger had always planned to
name the proposed theater after playwright Arthur
"It was something President Bollinger discussed
with Arthur Miller several times," she said.
"It's wonderful we can honor the great American
playwright of the twentieth century," Fischer said.
"All sorts of institutions asked (to use Arthur
Miller's name) and he said no to all except Lee
Bollinger. We can honor a distinguished
University alumnus on our own campus with a the-
ater named after him."
The Arthur MillerTheater "is something we can
all be proud of," Fischer said.
In funding the theater, McGowan said there will
be an "emphasis on private donations."
President Bollinger "has been very good and
realistic about how we're going to pay for the the-
ater," McGowan said.
Johnson said it is too early to know when eon-
struction on the theater will begin since the plan
still has to be approved by University Regents at
their May meeting.
"We can honor the great
American playwright of
the 20th century.7'
- Kenneth Fischer
University Musical Society Direct
The announcement of the plan for the Arthur
Miller theater came at the same ime as the
University Musical Societ unveiled their new the-
ater plan. World-renowned theater groups such as
the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Gate
Theater of Dublin will be making appearances
Next year -will put Ann Arbor on the map as a
major theater presence," Fischer said. "The Arthur
Miller Theater cements it"
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