Archive for March, 2011

The following is the Mohawk Trail Regional High School’s cast of “Death of a Salesman,” which opens May. 13

WILLY LOMAN — Leon Tuthill
LINDA — Chelsie Field
BIFF — Maxx Crowl (pictured)
HAPPY — Theodor Gabriel
BERNARD — Riley Kelleher
THE WOMAN — Liberty Styles
CHARLEY — Richard Creque
JENNY — Alanna MacLeod-Bluver
STANLEY — Allen Gabriel
OPERATOR VOICE — Allen Gabriel
SECOND WAITER — Owen Bragdon
MISS FORSYTH/GIRL — Gabriel Chevalier
LETTA — Eliza Hollister
SECRETARY — Lucie McCormick
VOICE OF HOWARD’S WIFE — Lucie McCormick
DINER CUSTOMER — Aaron Davis
HOWARD — Scott Whitney
UNCLE BEN — Neale Gay

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In June 1999, The News Hour on PBS devoted a long segment to the 50th anniversary of “Death of a Salesman.”

A transcript of the broadcast is available.

The piece interspersed scenes of an anniversary production of the play on Broadway, starring Brian Dennehy as Willy Loman, with on-camera interviews with actors and directors.

Playwright Arthur Miller joined program to talk about how he views the play.

 

 

 

By GABRIEL CHEVALIER

As the countdown to production week began, members of the cast, volunteers and directors met early March 19 to begin the construction of the set.

The volunteers joined with architect David Stuhlsatz to create a set for Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.”

Stuhlsatz had created a digitized image based upon directions given in Miller’s text. Miller calls for a minimalist and interpretive set design, something the directors were determined to create. At center stage sits a small, ramshackle house that serves as the center for much of the action.

There is an upper platform used as a bedroom for the two Loman boys as well as a lower platform, or bedroom, for Willy and Linda.

A small kitchen provides a center for drop-in neighbors and late night whispered conversations. As time moves, the characters fluidly travel from the present to the future, and then back to their past. Characters travel from the house in the simple past, to a time where apartment houses dominate the neighborhood.

Surrounding the frame of the humble house, apartment houses menacingly loom above the street. The rows of white houses and picket fences have been replaced by uniform apartment living. Only the Lomans remain.

Want to know more about “Death of a Salesman”? Check out the wikipedia entry.