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Death of a Salesman Summary
- Show Status: Future
- Genre: Play
- Death of a Salesman is 2 hours and 15 minutes long, including an intermission of 15 minutes
- 8 Shows per week
- Previews Begin: March 1, 2021
- Show Opens: April 1, 2021
- Show Closes: Open ended
12 time Tony Award winning classic play from Arthur Miller depicts an elderly salesman’s end-of-life crisis and ultimate suicide
Death of a Salesman on Broadway Background
Death of a Salesman is a play written by the American Pulitzer Prize playwright, Arthur Miller. The show originally debuted on Broadway in February 1949 and was nominated for six Tony Awards and won all six of them that year, including “Best Play”. The play performed for 742 performances and has been revived on Broadway four times since its original Broadway debut. The first revival of the play happened in 1975 and did not win any Tony Awards. In the 1984 revival the show won the Tony Award for “Best Revival”. In the 1999 version the show was nominated for five Tony Awards and won three of them including the Tony Award for “Best Revival” again. In the 2012 adaptation, the show was nominated for seven Tony Awards and won two of them again including the Tony Award for “Best Revival”. This production is the fifth revival of the play on Broadway and the lead roles are being played by famous movie and theatre actors Nathan Lane and Laurie Metcalf. The show is considered to be one of the greatest plays of the 20th century by many big names and historical theatre critics. The show is about a man’s loss of identity and his inability to accept change within himself, his family and society as it all changes around him.
What’s Death of a Salesman Like?
The story takes place during the last 24 hour period of Willy Loman’s life as a salesman in the mid-1940s Brooklyn, New York, when the city’s economy was thriving from the war effort production and the subsequent manufacturing boom. The majority of the show is presented from the main character Willy Loman’s point of view. Willy is a disheveled, elderly salesman who commonly sells hard-goods that are in desperate need during this time of war and rebuilding. The author of the play would like us to believe that Willy suffers from mid-stage dementia, but in reality he appears to be suffering from psychotic episodes leading to an all empassing psychosis. Willy has many hallucinations that are portrayed live during the play and these hallucinations are used to tell the majority of his story. Some hallucinations are actually real memories he is recalling and some are twisted ones that he makes up in his own mind. The show uses his wife Linda Loman to tell the audience which is which, as it is very hard to tell sometimes.
Willy lives with his wife Linda in Downtown Brooklyn, which is a little run down but still has cheap rent. His two sons Biff and Harold (Happy) rarely come in from Teaneck, New Jersey to visit them. With Willy’s old age and delirium playing games with his mind, he is convinced that he hates his unemployed son Biff because he did not live up to his expectations. During the play Willy gets fired from his sales job which leads him to even more mental confusion and severe depression. Willy then expresses his disappointments to Biff and Biff admits that he has difficulties himself finding work and on a mental level. A series of flashbacks reveals Willy’s past thoughts of suicide, and the play resumes with Willy crashing his car and dying. The play ends tragically when the reason for his suicide is revealed with a $20,000 life insurance policy that he has given to his children to secure their financial futures. Unbeknownst to Willy, the insurance policy’s fine print indicated that suicide was not covered.
Is Death of a Salesman Good for Kids?
This show deals with heavy topics of old age, mental delirium, family issues and depression and is not recommended for kids under the age of 16.
New York, NY 10036
- Nathan Lane
- Willy Loman
- Laurie Metcalf
- Linda Loman
- Arthur Miller
- Joe Mantello