Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass opens at North Coast Repertory Theatre in Solana Beach

Broken Glass director Rosina Reynolds. Courtesy

CUTLINE 2: Rosina Reynolds returns to the North Coast Repertory Theatre to direct ‘Broken Glass.’ Aaron Rumley

By Diana Saenger

North Coast Repertory Theatre (NCRT) will stage Arthur Miller’s Olivier Award-wining drama, “Broken Glass,” Oct. 16-Nov. 10. Rosina Reynolds, longtime NCRT collaborator, will direct the play.

Reynolds is reading Miller’s autobiography and said the famous playwright — who holds among his credits “Death of a Salesman,” “The Misfits,” “A View From the Bridge,” “The Crucible” and “All My Sons,” three Tony Awards, a Tony Lifetime Achievement Award, two Emmy Awards, the Peabody Award, and the Pulitzer Prize — was always concerned about social issues.

Broken Glass director Rosina Reynolds. Courtesy

“He felt his plays had a comment to make and something important to say during each time period,” Reynolds said. He wrote “Broken Glass,” when he was older, based on an idea about a man who always dressed in black and a woman who experienced hysterical paralysis.

“Broken Glass” takes place in Brooklyn in 1938. After reading about Kristallnacht – the Night of Broken Glass in Germany —Sylvia Gellburg (Elaine Rivkin) experiences paralysis and can’t stand or walk. Dr. Hyman (NCRT’s Artistic Director David Ellenstein) can find no reason for the symptoms. When her husband Phillip (Ralph Elias) goes to see her doctor, secrets about the couple’s personal lives and marital relationship are revealed.

Also appearing in “Broken Glass” are John Herzog as Gellburg’s boss, Kerry McCue as Sylvia’s sister, and Shana Wride as Margaret, the doctor’s wife.

“With tragedy usually comes some form of humor,” Reynolds said. “I like the fact that the humanity in the play allows us to laugh at some things. I also love Miller’s dialogue; he writes such beautiful words.”

With a mix of mystery, guilt, personal tragedy and love, whatever one takes away from “Broken Glass,” Reynolds said she hopes theatergoers will yearn to read or see more of Miller’s works.

If you go

What: “Broken Glass”

When: Matinees, evenings through Nov. 10

Where: North Coast Repertory Theatre

987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach

Box Office: (858) 481-1055