Blackfriars Closes Out Season with Timeless Drama DEATH OF A SALESMAN
Blackfriars Theatre closes out their 2016/17 season with Death of a Salesman, the classic drama by Arthur Miller, full of poignancy and emotional resonance that will speak to all audiences.
In the person of Willy Loman, the aging, failing salesman who makes his living riding on a smile and a shoeshine, Arthur Miller redefined the tragic hero as a man whose dreams are once insupportably vast and dangerously insubstantial. Through a series of tragic soul-searching revelations of the life he has lived with his wife, his sons, and his business associates, we discover how his quest for the "American Dream" kept him blind to the people who truly loved him. A thrilling work of deep and revealing beauty that remains one of the most profound classic dramas of the American theatre.
"With each subsequent reading and rehearsal, I am reminded of how the intricate and revealing story lines of Arthur Miller's Death of A Salesman continue to remain universally relevant, relatable, and timeless," said Director Brian Coughlin. "Though tragic and heartbreaking, I can't help but feel that the play ultimately suggests we stay keenly attentive to the high stakes of dreams and the complicated demands of familial responsibilities and love."
The cast features the incredible talents of D. Scott Adams as Stanley, David Andreatta as Happy Loman, Ruth Bellavia as Jenny/Letta, Peter Doyle as Charley, Danny Hoskins as Biff Loman, Patricia Lewis as Linda Loman,David Munnell as Willy Loman, Kate Osher as Miss Forsythe, Jonathan Porter as Bernard, Jack Simel as Uncle Ben, Rick Staropoli as Howard Wagner, and Kerry Young as The Woman. The show is directed by Brian Coughlin.
Death of a Salesman will play at Blackfriars Theatre beginning May 5 through May 21. Performances are Fridays, May 5, 12, and 19, at 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays, May 6 (note: start time is 7 p.m.), 13, and 20 at 8:00 p.m.; Sundays, May 7, 14, and 21 at 2:00 p.m.; and Thursdays, May 11 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $28.50-$36.50 and available in person at Blackfriars Theatre, online at www.blackfriars.org, or by calling 585-454-1260. Senior and student discounts are available online or through the Box Office. If available, tickets can be purchased at the door beginning one hour prior to performance. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover are accepted at no additional charge.
Death of a Salesman is sponsored by Parisi & Bellavia, LLP with additional support from media sponsor City Newspaper.
Blackfriars Theatre, a professional, not-for-profit theatre, is located at 795 East Main Street. Parking is available on site. Handicapped seating is available. For more information regarding Blackfriars Theatre, please visit www.blackfriars.org.
Pictured: Family Photo: Danny Hoskins, David Andreatta, Patricia Lewis, David Munnell. Willy and Biff on the stairs: Danny Hoskins and David Munnell. Willy on the stairs: David Munnell.
Photos by Chris Hart