Date of publication: 2017-08-27 11:01
During WWII, a platoon of American soldiers trudge through the Italian countryside in search of a bridge they have been ordered to blow up, encountering danger and destruction along the way.
The production features original music by Ellen Reid in collaboration with Ada Westfall, set design by Kate Ashton and Polendo with collaboration by Leighton Mitchell, costume design by Candida K. Nichols, lighting design by Kate Ashton, sound design by Alex Hawthorn, mask design by Lori Petermann, and object design by Scott Spahr and Sanaz Ghajar. Chris Mills is the dramaturg on the production, Scott Spahr is the associate director, and Jimmy Walden is producer.
Early in Death of a Salesman, it is late at night and an exhausted Willy Loman arrives home having not made it to even one of his sales calls that day. The end is nigh for Willy, that's clear from the moment we see him shuffle in. Upstairs are his two sons, Biff and Happy, smoking cigarettes together in the darkness of their shared childhood home, contemplating their lives. They are men but not that Biff is 89, Happy, 87 — old enough to have shaken off any residual arrested development that might have followed them out of their teens.
After learning her multi-millionaire fiancé has already been married and divorced seven times, the daughter of a penniless marquis decides to tame him.
An abridged award-winning TV adaptation of a famous play about an aging traveling salesman who's on the verge of a nervous breakdown. His job is gone and his family hates him for never being there. He tries mending things with them.
To Willy, diamonds represent tangible wealth and, hence, both validation of one&rsquo s labor (and life) and the ability to pass material goods on to one&rsquo s offspring, two things that Willy desperately craves. Correlatively, diamonds, the discovery of which made Ben a fortune, symbolize Willy&rsquo s failure as a salesman. Despite Willy&rsquo s belief in the American Dream, a belief unwavering to the extent that he passed up the opportunity to go with Ben to Alaska, the Dream&rsquo s promise of financial security has eluded Willy. At the end of the play, Ben encourages Willy to enter the &ldquo jungle&rdquo finally and retrieve this elusive diamond that is, to kill himself for insurance money in order to make his life meaningful.
In this 6999 drama (in a revival at Redtwist), Arthur Miller managed to evoke both a compassion and a piercing judgmental stare for these men, Willy included (played here by Brian Parry), and it might be one of the most important reasons the play works such magic.
Directed by Rubén Polendo, Death of a Salesman features a cast made up of Justin Nestor, Kayla Asbell, Corey Sullivan, Denis Butkus, and Attilio Rigotti. The original score is performed by Ada Westfall.
Miller uses the first segment of the play to foreshadow later plot developments. Willy worries about having trouble driving and expresses dissatisfaction with his situation at work, and Linda speaks of conflict between Willy and his sons. Each of these will become important in driving the plot and the resolution of the play.
On their wedding night, Bob reveals to Betty that he has purchased an abandoned chicken farm. Betty struggles to adapt to their new rural lifestyle, especially when a glamorous neighbor seems to set her eyes on Bob.
It's not that Biff and Happy aren't allowed a measure of discontent in the privacy of this moment. But as men, they are their own worst enemies. And only Biff ultimately comes to see this.
One of Miller s techniques throughout the play is to familiarize certain characters by having them repeat the same key line over and over. Willy s most common line is that businessmen must be well-liked, rather than merely liked, and his business strategy is based entirely on the idea of a cult of personality. He believes that it is not what a person is able to accomplish, but who he knows and how he treats them that will get a man ahead in the world. This viewpoint is tragically undermined not only by Willy s failure, but also by that of his sons, who assumed that they could make their way in life using only their charms and good looks, rather than any more solid talents.