Pittsburgh Public Theater presents DEATH OF A SALESMAN
Pittsburgh Public Theater welcomes acclaimed actor Zach Grenier (seven seasons on TV's "The Good Wife," 33 Variations on Broadway with Jane Fonda, the movie Fight Club, among many others) to play Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. Directed by Mary B. Robinson (Freud's Last Session at The Public), Death of a Salesman runs April 20 - May 21, 2017 at the O'Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater's home in the heart of Downtown's Cultural District. For tickets call 412.316.1600 or visit ppt.org.Death of a Salesman is Presented by PNC.
The play begins in the Brooklyn home of 63-year-old traveling salesman Willy Loman (Zach Grenier) and his devoted wife, Linda (Kathleen McNenny). Visiting are their adult sons Biff (Alex Mickiewicz) and Happy (Maxwell Eddy). Willy should be on the road, but he becomes disoriented while driving and has to return. As Willy tries to face that his career is ending and his sons are not prospering, he slips into memories of the past, when the family's fortunes seemed unlimited. In a highly theatrical staging, these golden delusions become part of the play's action and the boys are seen as teens again. When the Loman's neighbor Charley (Randy Kovitz) stops by to play cards, Willy's hallucination of his dead brother, Ben (Tuck Milligan), is seen by the audience.
As the play progresses, Biff and Happy set in motion a scheme to launch a business and Willy begs his boss, Howard (Joseph Domencic), for a local sales territory. Scenes continue to switch between the Loman's glory days and their current hardships. Additional cast members includeTressa Glover, Daina Michelle Griffith, Shaun Cameron Hall, Kristiann Menotiades, andAnDrew Miller.
Since its premiere on Broadway in 1949, Death of a Salesman has been recognized as a masterpiece. Arthur Miller received both a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for his profoundly emotional drama, considered to be a tragedy of the common man. Willy Loman believed in the American Dream, that his hard work and confidence would be rewarded. The story's power and continued relevance lie in its incisive look at what happens when that dream fails to materialize.
The design team for Death of a Salesman is James Noone (Scenic), Tilly Grimes (Costumes),Dennis Parichy (Lighting), and Zach Moore (Sound). Original Flute Music is by Gay Kahkonen. Casting is by McCorkle Casting. Randy Kovitz is the Fight Consultant, Fred Noel is the Production Stage Manager, and Phill Madore is the Assistant Stage Manager.