Ambika Singh, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Nirma University, Ahmedabad, India, teaches English language and literature. Her research interests include the American theatre, feminism, race studies, trauma, and critical gerontology. She defended her Ph.D. at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur in 2019. Her doctoral dissertation explores the individual and social paralysis gripping the American nation as depicted in Arthur Miller’s selected late plays staged between 1987 and 2004. Her scholarship focuses on American drama in general and Arthur Miller in particular. One of her essays has recently appeared in The Arthur Miller Journal (Spring 2019) published by Penn State University Press.
Mr. Peters’ Connections (1998) is often viewed as Arthur Miller’s most experimental late play. Yet, despite its uniqueness and evident dramatic value, scholarly commentary usually focuses on its likeness with Pinter and Beckett plays and sometimes on how it is an apt product of an “octogenarian” mind. Although the play is also an apropos depiction of the dilemma of aging in ageist America, no scholarly work has analyzed it through the lens of critical gerontology or age studies. Drawing on gerontological studies and research, the essay sheds light on the meaninglessness and disillusionment suffered by elderly adults every day of their lives—the struggles whose apt embodiment we find in Mr. Harry Peters, the central character of Miller’s play. (AS)