In a panoramic mural of the 1930s, Miller shows us the people and places of the American landscape — farmers in Iowa, a welfare office, idealistic social activists, and the New York home of the family Baum. As living embodiments of the American Dream and its shattering, Miller's characters find their confidence and hope irrevocably changed by the crash of the nation's financial system. The events of "Black Monday," October 19, 1987, illustrated how many Americans, however prosperous, still lack confidence that good times will continue. Can innocence ever be regained? Crafted in newsreel fashion, The American Clock is a powerful work with a breadth of vision rare in American theatre.