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Death of a Salesman

Death of a Salesman
Your Price: $15.95 CDN
Author: Arthur Miller
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 104
Pub. Date: 1980
ISBN-10: 0822202905
ISBN-13: 9780822202905
Cast Size: 5 women, 8 men

About the Play:

Death of a Salesman was one of Royal National Theatre of Britain's top 100 plays of the 20th century.

Winner of the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play

Death of a Salesman is a full-length drama by Arthur Miller. Salesman Willy Loman finds his career crumbling and his relationships with his wife and sons severely tested in Arthur Miller's dream-like meditation on the cost of the American dream. Regular revivals on Broadway as well as in regional and amateur theatres have made it one of a small handful of gold-plated stage classics that have practically become a part of the collective psyche.

Death of a Salesman is a thrilling work of deep and revealing beauty that remains one of the most profound classic dramas of the American theatre. The portrait of an ordinary man's struggle to leave his mark on the world, Willy Loman is Arthur Miller's ultimate protagonist. The story revolves around the last days of Willy Loman, the travelling salesman from Brooklyn, who cannot understand how he failed to win success and happiness. 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. Hailed as the first great play to lay bare the emptiness of America's relentless drive for material success, no play has ever done a better job of showing us how hard it is to get past our issues, our dreams (American or otherwise), our natures.

Death of a Salesman originally opened in 1949, at the Morosco Theatre with Lee J. Cobb as Willie Loman. The production won six Tony Awards, including Best Play, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play. More than a decade after the last Broadway revival, in 2012 the play was revived for the fourth time. The star Phillip Seymour Hoffman followed in the well-remembered footsteps of Lee J. Cobb, George C. Scott, Dustin Hoffman, and Brian Dennehy. The single-set show has become a favourite scene study vehicle in acting classes and workshops and is regularly performed in regional repertory, high school, college, and community theatre productions.

Cast: 5 women, 8 men.

What people say:

"By common consent, this is one of the finest dramas in the whole range of the American theater." — The New York Times

"A classic...one of the major texts of our time." — New York Post

"So simple, central, and terrible that the run of playwrights would neither care nor dare to attempt it." — Time Magazine

About the Playwright:

Arthur Miller (1915-2005) was born in New York City and studied at the University of Michigan. With a career that spanned over 50 years, he wrote more than thirty plays that transformed American Theatre and proved to be both the conscience and redemption of the times. His probing dramas won him the Pulitzer Prize, three Tony Awards, two Drama Critics Circle Awards, and an Obie.

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