Arena Stage will present the Pulitzer Prize-winning
masterpiece Death of a Salesman and A View from the Bridge in rotating repertory as
a salute to one of America's
best playwrights, Arthur Miller. Artistic Director Molly Smith is proud to
bring back repertory programming after a 17-year hiatus to anchor the Arthur
Miller Festival, which will also include Monday evening readings, screenings
and lectures exploring his other work. Delaney Williams
(HBO's The Wire) and acclaimed Washington performers Nancy
Robinette, Rick Foucheux and Naomi Jacobson
join a talented company of actors and designers to bring two of Miller's most
renowned plays to D.C. audiences. Death of a Salesman runs March 14 - May 18 with the
press opening performance on Thursday, April 3 at 8:00 p.m. and A View from the Bridge runs March 21
- May 17 with the press opening on Friday, April 4 at 8:00 p.m.
For a complete list of
dates and show times visit www.arenastage.com
In Death of a Salesman,
Willy Loman, who made his living riding on a "smile and a shoeshine,"
is constantly haunted by missed opportunities and a troubled past. While Willy
continues to chase his elusive American Dream, Linda struggles to help her
increasingly desperate husband.
A View from the Bridge
also examines the promise and failure of the American Dream through Brooklyn longshoreman Eddie Carbone. Eddie lives in a
tight-knit Italian neighborhood with his wife Beatrice and orphaned niece
Catherine, whose emerging independence disturbs him. When two of Beatrice's Sicilian
cousins enter the country illegally, Catherine falls in love with one of them.
Eddie is then forced to confront his feelings for his niece as he desperately
tries to keep his family from unraveling.
Arthur Miller (1915-2005) was born
in New York City and studied at the University of Michigan. After All My Sons, which won the New York Drama
Critics' Circle Award and two Tony Awards, Miller gained worldwide fame with Death of a Salesman (1949), for which he won a
Pulitzer Prize and another New York Drama Critics' Circle Award. Within a short
period, Death of a Salesman was
translated into over a dozen languages. Other plays include The Crucible, which received the Tony Award, A View from the Bridge (1955), A Memory of Two Mondays, After the Fall, Incident
at Vichy, The Price, The Creation of the World and Other Business
and The American Clock. He has also
written two novels, Focus and The Misfits, which was filmed in 1960, and the
text for In Russia, In the Country and Chinese
Encounters, three books of photographs by Inge Morath. His more
recent works include a memoir, Timebends,
and the plays The Ride Down Mt. Morgan,
The Last Yankee, Broken Glass, Mr.
Peter's Connections and his final play Finishing
the Picture, which premiered at the Goodman Theatre in 2004. Other
published books include Echoes Down the Corridor:
Collected Essays, 1994-2000 and On
Politics and the Art of Acting. Mr. Miller was given the 2001 Medal
for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
The director of Death of a
Salesman, Timothy Bond, is currently serving
as the new Producing Artistic Director of Syracuse Stage and Syracuse University's
Department of Drama and has been a leader at regional theaters throughout the U.S. for over
20 years. In his 11 years as Associate Artistic Director of the Oregon
Shakespeare Festival, he directed plays by William Shakespeare, August Wilson, Suzan-Lori Parks, Edward Albee, Lorraine Hansberry,
Lynn Nottage, Octavio Soliz and Pearl Cleage, among others. Prior to that, Mr.
Bond spent 13 years with the Seattle Group Theatre, serving as artistic
director for five. He has also directed at the Guthrie Theater, Actors Theatre
of Louisville, Milwaukee
and Indiana Repertory Theatres, as well as Cleveland Play House. A graduate of Howard University
and the University
of Washington, Mr. Bond
welcomes this opportunity to return to D.C.