Exhausted by his travels and bewildered by the changes in the world of traveling salesmen, Willie Loman returns home from an aborted business trip as his life slowly unravels before his eyes. At 60, Willy is ready to work closer to home but that is not in the cards. His relationship with his sons is strained and his inability to achieve the American dream is eating away at his soul. Arthur Miller’s American classic and Pulitzer Prize winning drama, “Death of a Salesman,” comes to Hole in the Wall Theater, opening on Friday, July 13.
“Death of a Salesman” will run four weeks, through August 4, with performances Friday and Saturday nights, July 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, August 3 and 4 at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees July 22 and 29 at 2 p.m. at the theater, 116 Main St.
Directed by Hole in the Wall founder Ted Guhl, “Death of a Salesman” follows a long day and night in the life of everyman Willy Loman, a salesman from Brooklyn with a New England territory. After more than thirty years working for the same company, Willy suddenly finds himself forced to return to commission sales only and struggles to survive in an increasingly impersonal corporate world. Willy’s grip on reality starts to loosen as his exhaustion and stress take over, until a final desperate attempt to solve his problems results in the ultimate tragedy.
Performing the role of Willy Loman is long-time theater member Warren Dutkiewicz. His wife Linda is portrayed by Pan Riley, another veteran of the Hole in the Wall stage, and their sons Biff and Happy are performed by Sam Duffy and Matthew Horowitz. The cast is rounded out by Dennis Hull as Willy’s long lost brother Ben, and ensemble members Scott Hoffman, Barbara Harvey, Kelly DiMauro, Mark Englehart, James Demarco, Sally Arlette Garcia and Stephanie Layne.
Tickets are $20 general admission and $12 for seniors and students with ID. Reservations and ticket purchases can be made at www.hitw.org or by calling 860-229-3049. Hole in the Wall is supported in part by the Department of Economic and Community Development, Arts Alliance.