The American Clock
The American Clock premiered in 1980 and is set during the Great Depression of the 1930s. It is loosely based on Studs Terkel’s Hard Times; An Oral History of the Great Depression. The plot centers around the Baum family, who have lost everything in the financial crash and have been forced to move from Manhattan to a one bedroom apartment in Brooklyn. Moe Baum has declared himself bankrupt and his wife, Rose, struggles with their new-found poverty and weak social status. Their son, Lee, narrates the story, along with Arthur Robertson, a savvy businessman who survived the crash but witnessed the majority of his contemporaries fall around him. As the timeframe jumps back and forth, a large ensemble cast make up the characters who drift in and out of Lee & Arthur Robertson’s lives. Some have survived the crash but most have been wiped out by depression and are struggling to find a way forward. Miller’s thought-provoking drama depicts a hard period in America’s history that forged the way for the social change that was so desperately needed.
Includes adult, mature adult, elderly, young adult characters
- Guide written by
- Alexandra Appleton