Thursday, February 23, 2006

Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman on Stage at Washington College, March 2, 3 and 4

Chestertown, MD, February 23, 2006 — Washington College's Drama Department presents Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, directed by Professor Jason Rubin with a senior thesis design by Heather Holiday, March 2, 3, and 4, at 8 p.m. in the College's Tawes theater. Tickets are $3.00 for students and seniors and $5.00 for general admission. No reservations are required and the public is invited to attend. For show and ticket information, call 410-778-7835 or e-mail

Bringing the talents of Washington College professors and students together on stage for the first time in 15 years, Death of a Salesman features Professor Tim Maloney as the legendary Willy Loman, an aging salesman who is starting to lose his grip on reality. Lecturer of drama, Polly Kuulei Sommerfeld, stars as Willy's wife Linda, and seniors Chas Libretto and Greg Schaefer play Willy's two sons, Biff and Happy. The elaborate and remarkable set of platforms, designed by senior Heather Holiday, expresses the distinction between Willy's notion of the present versus his travel into flashback and fantasy.

A hallmark in the canon of American literature, Death of a Salesman won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Drama in 1949 and continues to be admired by audiences worldwide. Director Jason Rubin selected the play as a tribute to Miller, who died last February of heart failure.

"Death of a Salesman asks the vital questions, " says Rubin. "How successful am I? Who am I? What happened to the American dream? It shows how everyday we put ourselves on the line, and this message touches home with many people."

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