Coming in Fall 2015: Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
AUDITIONS: Tuesday, Sept. 22 @ 7pm in the Duke Theatre, Fine Arts Building
CALLBACKS (IF NEEDED): Wednesday, Sept. 23 @ 7pm, Duke Theatre
PERFORMANCES: November 13-22
ABOUT THE PLAY: This Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play revolves around the last days of Willy Loman, an aging salesman who is losing his grip on reality and cannot understand how he failed to win success and happiness. His son, Biff, once the star of the high school football team, is out of work and running out of options, while his other son, Happy, compulsively exaggerates his own accomplishments. Willy's devoted wife, Linda, supports him unconditionally, but her constant encouragement cannot keep him moored to reality. Willy is haunted by the past, and visions of happier days and lost opportunities continually intrude as he struggles to make sense of the present. Through a series of soul-searching revelations of the life he has lived with his family and business associates, we discover how his quest for the American Dream kept him blind to the people who truly loved him.
Biff Loman – to play 34; Willy and Linda's elder son was the star of the high school football team and Willy had great expectations for his success in life. At 34, he is lost and searching for his place in the world, and Willy never lets him forget what a disappointment he is. He has come back home at Linda's request to help with his declining father. Despite his failures and anger toward his father, Biff still has great concern for what his father thinks of him, and the conflict between the two characters drives the narrative of the play.
Linda Loman – to play late 50s/early 60s; Willy's devoted wife, supports Willy despite his often terrible treatment of her; she has been unfailingly encouraging to Willy while blindly ignoring the realities of Willy's character and dreams; not afraid to confront her sons about their poor treatment of their father.
Happy Loman – to play 32; Willy and Linda's younger son; shallow, mediocre, lies about his importance in his job to his family and to himself; compulsive womanizer; more concerned with looking important than working for it.
Ben Loman – to play 40-60; strong, powerful-looking man with the air of a wealthy and successful man; Willy's older brother, Ben left home at 17 to find their father in Alaska, but ended up in Africa, where he found diamond mines and came out of the jungle at 21 an incredibly rich man. Although Ben died several weeks before the time at which the play is set, he often appears in Willy's hallucinations.
Charley – to play late 50s/early 60s; Willy's neighbor, a good businessman. He is a constant friend to Willy through the years, even though they have a contentious relationship.
Bernard – to play 34; nerdy as a high schooler, grows into a successful lawyer; Charley's son, he is studious and hardworking.
The Woman – to play 25-40; Willy's mistress in Boston, during the time that Biff and Happy were in high school; secretary to one of Willy's clients, she is able to exploit him for gifts.
Stanley – Any age; A waiter, who is friendly with Happy but has sympathy for Willy's plight.
Miss Forsythe – 20s; attractive, but self-involved woman Happy picks up at a restaurant.
Letta – 20s; friend of Miss Forsythe, though less refined.
Jenny – Any age; Charley's secretary.