Another act sought for a writer’s longtime haven

Arthur Miller Studio board members Sarah Griswold, left, Davyne Verstandig, center, and Marc Olivieri chat in the late playwright's former studio in Roxbury, Connecticut. (Susan Haigh/The Associated Press) By Susan Haigh The Associated Press ROXBURY, Conn. — After breakfast each morning, renowned playwright Arthur Miller would walk up a grassy slope to his creative sanctuary – a modest 300-square-foot studio with a small deck overlooking a stream and woods on his beloved Connecticut property. From 1958 until his death in 2005 at age 89, the studio was where the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer crafted and revised numerous plays, social commentaries, personal journals, his autobiography, and other materials, including screenplays for the films “The Misfits” (1961) and “The Crucible” (1996). Considered one of nation's greatest playwrights, Miller was known for his dramas with strong moral and personal responsibility that often laid bare the failings of the American dream. Today, the view from the studio is less inspiring. Unbeknownst to many locals, for the past five years, the shingled, one-room structure has been tucked away behind the Roxbury, Connecticut, town hall – next to a rusted dumpster and snowplows in a nondescript parking lot. “It's a piece of Roxbury history – and we can't let it disappear,” said Marc Olivieri, a former neighbor of Miller's and a builder who moved the studio to its current location, which was supposed to be temporary. A group working with Miller's daughter, writer and filmmaker Rebecca Miller, has been trying to raise $1 million to renovate the structure and move it to the grounds of a local public library. They also hope to offer related programming, which Olivieri, a board member for the Arthur Miller Writing Studio nonprofit, insists is the most important part of the project. “Ideas and ideals are essential to maintaining the moral direction of this country,” Olivieri wrote in an email. “Writers like Miller provide the stories that color these ideas.” Roxbury is a quiet, bucolic community of 2,200 that is 87 miles northeast of New York City, and has long been a home to famous writers, artists and performers […]

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