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Death of a Salesman

Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor presents Death of a Salesman

November 11, 2017:  Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama Death of a Salesman opened at Bay Street Theater as part of their ongoing annual Literature Live productions. The powerful play directed by Joe Minutillo is arguably one of the greatest of the 20th century. Set in the late 1940’s the story focuses on the Loman family’s struggle with financial insecurity just after World War II, and although Miller wrote the play in 1949 it feels equally relevant today as Americans face declining opportunities to achieve their dreams.  

Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor presents Death of a Salesman

November 11, 2017:  Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama Death of a Salesman opened at Bay Street Theater as part of their ongoing annual Literature Live productions. The powerful play directed by Joe Minutillo is arguably one of the greatest of the 20th century. Set in the late 1940’s the story focuses on the Loman family’s struggle with financial insecurity just after World War II, and although Miller wrote the play in 1949 it feels equally relevant today as Americans face declining opportunities to achieve their dreams.  

David Manis, a strong and confident actor, plays Willy Loman, the family patriarch who is a traveling salesman. The story follows him, and his family as they face the harsh truths that they have been denying for decades. Failing to achieve his own dreams Willy spirals into mental disarray projecting his disappointment onto his elder son Biff, played by Rob DiSario. Willy criticizes Biff unrelentingly for his son’s failures. Meanwhile Biff facing his own regrets blames his father for his unrealistic expectations, and his family for their inability to face the truth about their lives.

Miller’s dark tale explores themes concerning the fragility of the American dream, an issue millions of Americans are confronting today.

Director Joe Minutillo has previously helmed Literature Live! productions of The Diary of Anne Frank, To Kill A Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, and The Scarlet Letter. His more than serviceable cast of accomplished actors also include Willy Cappuccio as Bernard and Stanley, Keith Cornelius as Uncle Ben and Howard,  Chloë Dirksen as the Woman, Rachel Feldman as Jenny and Letta, Scott T. Hinson as Happy Loman, Tina Jones as Miss Forsythe, Neal Mayer as Charley, and Carolyn Popp as Linda Loman.

The production team includes Michael Holland (Music), Mike Billings (Set Designer/Sound Designer), Dalton Hamilton (Lighting Designer/Sound Designer), Melanie Clifton Harvey (Costume Designer), Meg Murphy (Hair/Wig Designer), Denise Yaney (Production Stage Manager), and Kelsy Durkin (Assistant Stage Manager).

Death of a Salesman is now playing at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor through November 25, 2017

For Tickets Call 631 725-9500

Photography: Barry Gordin

Photography Barry Gordin

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