Start: Lee: There...

The American Clock

Act 1



Basics

Show Type
Genders
  • : 0
  • : 2
Age Ranges
  • Adult
  • Mature Adult
Style
Period
Time/Place
America, 1930s
Act/Scene
Act 1

Scene Context

At the beginning of the play, Lee Baum and Arthur Robertson both appear independently. They are

Scene Text

Start: Lee: There have been only two American disasters that were truly national. Not the first or second World Wars, Vietnam, or even the Revolution. Only the Civil War and the Great Depression touched nearly everyone wherever they lived and whatever their social class. [... … ] End: Lee: For them the clock would never strike midnight, the dance and the music would never stop…

Arthur Miller. The American Clock. Methuen London Ltd., 1983. pp.1-2.