Arena Stage Presents Miller's 'Salesman' & 'View from the Bridge' in Rep
Arena Stage will present the Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece Death of a Salesman and A View from the Bridge in rotating repertory as a salute to one of America's best playwrights, Arthur Miller. Artistic Director Molly Smith is proud to bring back repertory programming after a 17-year hiatus to anchor the Arthur Miller Festival, which will also include Monday evening readings, screenings and lectures exploring his other work. Delaney Williams (HBO's The Wire) and acclaimed Washington performers Nancy Robinette, Rick Foucheux and Naomi Jacobson join a talented company of actors and designers to bring two of Miller's most renowned plays to D.C. audiences. Death of a Salesman runs March 14 - May 18 with the press opening performance on Thursday, April 3 at 8:00 p.m. and A View from the Bridge runs March 21 - May 17 with the press opening on Friday, April 4 at 8:00 p.m.
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In Death of a Salesman, Willy Loman, who made his living riding on a "smile and a shoeshine," is constantly haunted by missed opportunities and a troubled past. While Willy continues to chase his elusive American Dream, Linda struggles to help her increasingly desperate husband.
A View from the Bridge also examines the promise and failure of the American Dream through Brooklyn longshoreman Eddie Carbone. Eddie lives in a tight-knit Italian neighborhood with his wife Beatrice and orphaned niece Catherine, whose emerging independence disturbs him. When two of Beatrice's Sicilian cousins enter the country illegally, Catherine falls in love with one of them. Eddie is then forced to confront his feelings for his niece as he desperately tries to keep his family from unraveling.
Arthur Miller (1915-2005) was born in New York City and studied at the University of Michigan. After All My Sons, which won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award and two Tony Awards, Miller gained worldwide fame with Death of a Salesman (1949), for which he won a Pulitzer Prize and another New York Drama Critics' Circle Award. Within a short period, Death of a Salesman was translated into over a dozen languages. Other plays include The Crucible, which received the Tony Award, A View from the Bridge (1955), A Memory of Two Mondays, After the Fall, Incident at Vichy, The Price, The Creation of the World and Other Business and The American Clock. He has also written two novels, Focus and The Misfits, which was filmed in 1960, and the text for In Russia, In the Country and Chinese Encounters, three books of photographs by Inge Morath. His more recent works include a memoir, Timebends, and the plays The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, The Last Yankee, Broken Glass, Mr. Peter's Connections and his final play Finishing the Picture, which premiered at the Goodman Theatre in 2004. Other published books include Echoes Down the Corridor: Collected Essays, 1994-2000 and On Politics and the Art of Acting. Mr. Miller was given the 2001 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
The director of Death of a Salesman, Timothy Bond, is currently serving as the new Producing Artistic Director of Syracuse Stage and Syracuse University's Department of Drama and has been a leader at regional theaters throughout the U.S. for over 20 years. In his 11 years as Associate Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, he directed plays by William Shakespeare, August Wilson, Suzan-Lori Parks, Edward Albee, Lorraine Hansberry, Lynn Nottage, Octavio Soliz and Pearl Cleage, among others. Prior to that, Mr. Bond spent 13 years with the Seattle Group Theatre, serving as artistic director for five. He has also directed at the Guthrie Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Milwaukee and Indiana Repertory Theatres, as well as Cleveland Play House. A graduate of Howard University and the University of Washington, Mr. Bond welcomes this opportunity to return to D.C.