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Authur Miller

SEPT. 10 - OCT. 4, 2015

Two estranged brothers meet in their deceased father's Manhattan brownstone to deal with the remnants of his possessions, evoking family memories and old hostilities. This American classic play by the prolific Arthur Miller examines the price we pay for the decisions we make. The Price was nominated for two Tony Awards, including Best Play.

"One of the most engrossing and entertaining plays that Miller has ever written."
– Clive Barnes, The New York Times

This production is funded, in part, by grants from Community Foundation Santa Cruz County; and Arts Council Santa Cruz County.


Dramaturgy Information. Click Here to see the dramaturge's notes.

Glossary Of Terms. 

  • Click Here to see a glossary of words and terms used in Act One of the play.
  • Click Here to see a glossary of words and terms used in Act Two of the play.


Joy Carlin (Director) has been an actress and director in the Bay Area for many years. 25 years a member of the company at A.C.T., you may have seen some of the plays she directed and watched her perform many characters in the exciting days of true repertory theatre. She was an Associate Artistic Director for five years at A.C.T., as well as the Interim Artistic Director at The Berkeley Rep where she also acted and directed. She graduated from the University of Chicago, went to The Yale School of Drama, studied with Lee Strasberg in New York and has roots in Chicago's "Second City". She often acts or directs at Aurora Theatre Co., San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Theatre Co., TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, Shotgun Players, and San Jose Rep. She has been seen on TV and in films, including most recently in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine". Next season she will direct Sarah Treem's The How and the Why at Aurora Theatre Co.



Nancy Carlin* (Esther) is delighted to make her debut with the Jewel Theatre Company. A former company member of the American Conservatory Theater, Nancy is an associate artist with the California Shakespeare Theater and a member of PlayGround. She has performed and directed extensively in regional theaters, including the American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Rep, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, San Jose Rep, TheatreWorks, Shotgun Players, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The last year or so saw Nancy playing Malvolio in Cal Shakes tour of Twelfth Night, directing The Tempest for African-American Shakespeare Co., being featured in the film Operation Candlelight, and premiering the musical she co-authored, Max Understood, at The Cowell in SF. Next up, you can see her in Amy Freed's The Monster Builder at The Aurora. Nancy is a member of SDC, AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and the Dramatists Guild. A theater arts lecturer for UCSC, Nancy holds a BA in comparative literature from Brown University and an MFA in acting from A.C.T.

Rolf Saxon* (Walter), a member of ACT's first Young Conservatory class, an original member of the Berkeley Shakespeare Festival, the Berkeley Mime Troupe and a performer in the Renaissance and Dickens Faires, trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. After graduating, he stayed, working extensively in film, television and theatre; performing the British and/or European premieres of works by Donald Margulies, Miguel Pinero, Neil Simon and Lanford Wilson among others. He has performed in London's West End, regionally throughout the UK and twice been a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. In the Bay Area, he has worked for Aurora, TheatreWorks and the late, great TJT. As well as an actor and director, he has been a tutor and coach for over 20 years and currently teaches at the Berkeley Rep School and the Royal Central School in London.For further information, please go to:

Arje Shaw (Solomon) was born in Russia, and emigrated to New York as a child with his parents and sister from Bergen Belsen D.P. camp in 1949. Arje became a professional playwright after a career in the Jewish communal field. He wrote The Gathering, which was produced on Broadway in 2001, starring Hal Linden, following The Off Broadway production with Theodore Bikel and Jesse Eisenberg. Arje's A Catered Affair was produced Off Broadway in 1994 and he wrote sit-com pilots for ABC in 1995. Magic Hands Freddy was produced in 2004 at The Soho Playhouse with Ralph Maccio and Michael Rispoli. The Fix, his debut novel, based on his life, was published in 2011. Moolah, a dark comedy, is opening Off Broadway in 2016. His new comedy is Marriage In Play. Acting credits include regional performances in Barefooot In The Park, The Sisters Rosenzweig, and Moolah, among others. He performs as a singer and comedy cabaret, Yiddish Nite Live, with Gerry Tenney. He is presently writing "Billy The Kid-Time Traveler", a children's guide to New York City, with Maggie Silverman. Arje created and produces The Sonnet Man-Hip Hop Shakespeare featuring rap artist Devon Glover, to introduce classical literature into inner city schools. On October 16, 2015, Arje is singing original songs at The Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley with his new show 74 n' Sunny. He also serves on the Advisory Board of The Jewish Circle Theater. He wants to express his gratitude to Joy, the great cast, the Jewel Theatre -- to Esther, family and friends for their love and support.

Victor Talmadge* (Victor) is pleased to be making his Jewel Theatre Company debut. He was last seen in Santa Cruz in SSC's production of Othello as Iago and as Don Armado in Love's Labor's Lost. Other Bay Area venues include: Berkeley Rep, ACT, TheaterWorks, The Aurora, SF Playhouse and The Magic. He has worked extensively in regional theaters and was on Broadway in the world premiere of David Mamet's November. He played "The King" in the Tony Award winning production of the Broadway National tour of The King and I for which he received the Bay Area Theater Critics Award, and was seen as Scar in the Los Angeles production of The Lion King. Victor boasts extensive film and television credits as well. He is a recurring character in the TV series Manhattan. Some of the film actors and directors he has worked with include Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Robert De Niro, Ed Harris, Gene Hackman, Francis Ford Coppola, William Friedkin, David Fincher and Michael Apted. As a playwright, his play The Gate Of Heaven, was awarded The Nakashima Peace Prize. It was the first live theater to be produced at The U.S. Holocaust Memorial and has been subsequently performed at The Old Globe Theater, Fords Theater, and The Annenberg Center, as well as various venues around the country.


*Member, Actors' Equity Association.