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Overview


Synopsis

Death of a Salesman chronicles the last days in the life of Willy Loman, a man who has spent more than three decades in sales and now, in his early sixties, finds his numbers—and his mind—slipping. Biff, his 34-year-old son, is out of work and running out of options. Happy, two years younger, 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 literally haunted by the past, and visions of happier days and lost opportunities continually intrude as he struggles to make sense of the present moment. At heart, this is the story of the members of this American family’s love for each other, and Willy’s corrosive love for the American Dream.


Characters

Male

Lead

Spoken

Female

Lead

Spoken

Male

Lead

Spoken



Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts:
2 Acts
Tony Award ®
Best Play 1949
First Produced:
1949
Genres
Drama
Settings
Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
1930s, 1940s, new york
Cast Size
medium
Ideal For
community theater, black box, regional theater, professional theater, ensemble cast
Casting Notes:
Mostly male cast
Includes mature adult, young adult, adult characters

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