THE STAGE COMPANY ANNOUNCES
DEATH OF A SALESMAN
by Arthur Miller, directed by Eric Billingsley
October 14-16, 20*, 22,23
Friday and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2:00 pm
*Due to the October 21 outdoor concert, there will be a performance of Death of a Salesman on *Thursday October 20, 7:30 pm
ABOUT THE PLAY
Death of a Salesman is a 1949 play by playwright Arthur Miller. A winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play, it is widely considered to be one of the great American plays. “Salesman” premiered on Broadway in 1949 and had an initial run of 742 performances. It has been revived on Broadway four times.
The protagonist is Willy Loman, a 63 year old struggling, mentally unstable, childlike, and occasionally suicidal salesman in pursuit of the “American Dream,” which he defines in terms of success and wealth. Willy believes that to achieve the American Dream, to be successful, a salesman must be well-liked and have sterling traits of character.
There is one hitch to Willy’s plans, however: people just don’t like Willy that much. Moreover, he is simply not that good a salesman, nor as popular and influential, as he tells himself and others that he is. However, Willy’s delusions will not allow him to admit it.
A number of the other characters in the play, such as Willy’s son Biff, are searching for the “American Dream” as well and define it in different ways. The play alternates between the “real world” and Willy’s flashbacks to his past. He tends to imagine past events as though they were real. Biff desperately tries to get his father to face reality but to no avail.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Arthur Asher Miller, born on 17 October, 1915 in Harlem, New York, was one of the greatest American playwrights.