The upcoming staging of "Death of a Salesman" marks a significant milestone as the 100th production in the esteemed Black Box theater. Under the direction of John Weltman, this rendition promises to captivate audiences, drawing attention not only for the enduring appeal of this Pulitzer Prize and repeated Tony winning play that many consider the greatest work of American Theater but also for commemorating such a remarkable achievement within our intimate venue.
Audition Dates: Sunday, March 3 (3pm) and Monday, March 4 (7pm)
Performance Dates August 8 - Sept. 1
A note from the director regarding audition preparation:
Please read (or watch) the play if possible and think about the character(s) you are trying out for. Be prepared to talk about the arc of your character. Does he or she change? How? If not, why not? What are his or her best and worst qualities? Why are they in the play - what is their role? What of yourself do you find in these character(s) and/or from what aspects of your experience can you draw to make these character(s) come to life.Rehearsals will commence during the week of June 8, taking place on two evenings and one weekend day initially. As the production dates draw closer, rehearsal frequency will increase.
Willy Loman An aging salesman. He suffers from depression and anxiety as a result of his dissipating career, his estranged relationship with his oldest son, Biff, and his guilt over an extramarital affair. As the play progresses, Willy loses the ability to distinguish between the present and his memories of the past.
Linda Loman Willy Loman's wife. She deeply loves Willy despite his verbal abuse of her and champions him even over their children. She goes along with his fantasies and refuses to address his suicidal behavior as a means of protecting his fragile sense of self.
Biff Loman The Lomans' older son. Biff has been estranged from Willy for over 15 years, because ,at a time he most needed his father, he traveled to Boston where he found Willy engaged in an extra-marital affair, that not only destroyed his idealized image of his father but his own place in the universe. As he becomes more self aware, he forgives his father, without ever revealing his father's infidelity.
Happy ("Hap")Loman The Lomans' younger son. Happy is desperate to gain his father's affection, because of his father's favoritism toward Biff, going into his father's field of business, exaggerating his position as a sales assistant, and suggesting that he, a womanizer, is going to get married and be just like his dad.
Uncle Ben Willy's older brother. He left home at age 17 when their father disappeared, going first to Alaska and then to Africa, where he made a fortune in diamonds. Willy both idolizes and is jealous of Ben, who appears in the play only in Willy's memories and fantasies, as he is already deceased at the play's inception.
Charley The Loman's next door neighbor, who is Willy's only true friend, but whose success in business and child rearing makes Willy painfully jealous. Charley supplies Willy with a weekly loan and offers him a job that could have saved Willy's life, but Willy rejects it out of pride, exasperating Charley. Still, at the end, Charley is the only one who can truly appreciate Willy's struggles that lead to his suicide.
Bernard Charley's son. He helps Biff with his high school homework and seeks answers from Willy about what happened when Biff came to Boston because before Biff left, he was all prepared to take summer classes so he could graduate and go to UVA on a football scholarship, but after he returned, he simply gave up. Bernard turns into a very successful lawyer, arguing before the US Supreme Court, but remaining humble and not lording it over Willy.
The Woman Willy's former lover, a secretary in a client's office, with whom he had an affair many years ago in Boston. While the woman finds Willy funny, and helps him to get access to the buyers in her office, it is unclear if she is involved in the affair as a result of her feelings for Willy or because of his regular gift to her of stockings. She has no sense of propriety, coming out of the bathroom when Biff arrives and asking him personal questions that shows that she has talked to his father about him.
Howard Wagner Willy's current boss. Howard is the villain of the play, refusing to provide Willy with the emotional and physical respite he needs from his long days of traveling for an office job, despite his decades of work for Howard and his father. Willy even comes to begging for the job, pointing out his years of service and his choosing Howard's name, but to no avail.
Jenny Charley's secretary.
Stanley A waiter.
Miss Forsythe and Letta Young attractive women whom Hap and Biff pick up in a restaurant, leaving Willy at his most vulnerable with his intrusive, unbearable thoughts.