COMPLETE CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR
THE OLD GLOBE’S REVIVAL OF DEATH OF A SALESMAN
Jeffrey DeMunn, star of AMC's "The Walking Dead," will play Willy Loman
SAN DIEGO (Dec. 28, 2010)—Executive Producer Lou Spisto today announced the complete cast and creative team for the Globe’s revival of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. Directed by Pam MacKinnon, Death of a Salesman will run in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre Jan. 22 – Feb. 27. Preview performances run Jan. 22 – Jan. 26. Opening night is Jan. 27 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.
Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play, Death of a Salesman is a work of tremendous emotional impact and an unflinching examination of the American Dream that is as relevant today as the day it was written. After a lifetime as a traveling salesman, Willy Loman finds himself at the end of his career and at the end of his rope. As dreams of the past collide with visions of what might have been, Willy’s wife and sons wage a desperate struggle to engage him in the present. The Old Globe’s acclaimed “Classics Up Close” series continues with one of the greatest achievements of the 20th century.
As previously announced, Jeffrey DeMunn will star in the iconic role of Willy Loman. Newly announced are Jordan Baker (The Woman), Ben Diskant (Bernard), Jesse Jensen (Stanley), Robin Moseley (Linda), Tyler Pierce (Happy), John Procaccino (Charley), Deborah Radloff (Jenny, Letta), Lucas Caleb Rooney (Biff), Ryman Sneed (Miss Forsythe), Adrian Sparks (Uncle Ben) and Jonathan Spivey (Howard Wagner, 2nd Waiter).
The creative team features Marion Williams (Scenic Design), Mathew J. LeFebvre (Costume Design), Rui Rita (Lighting Design), Jeremy J. Lee (Sound Design) and Lavinia Henley (Stage Manager).
Director Pam MacKinnon is an Obie and Lilly Award winning New York-based director. Her most recent productions include premieres of Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park (Playwrights Horizons), Rachel Axler’s Smudge (Women's Project) and Cusi Cram’s A Lifetime Burning (Primary Stages), as well as Othello (Shakespeare Santa Cruz) and Gina Gionfriddo's Becky Shaw (South Coast Repertory). She is a longtime interpreter of the plays of Edward Albee, having directed A Delicate Balance (Arena Stage), The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? (Alley Theatre and The Vienna Theatre Company) and The Play About the Baby (Philadelphia Theatre Company and Goodman Theatre), as well as premieres of At Home at the Zoo (formerly called Peter and Jerry at Hartford Stage and Second Stage Theatre), Occupant (Signature Theatre Company) and this season’s Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Arena Stage). MacKinnon’s additional recent work includes premieres of Roberto Aguire Sacasa's Good Boys and True (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), Itamar Moses' The Four of Us (Manhattan Theatre Club and The Old Globe), Richard Greenberg's Our Mother's Brief Affair (South Coast Repertory), Jason Grote's Maria/Stuart (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company) and Itamar Moses' Bach at Leipzig (New York Theatre Workshop and Milwaukee Repertory Theater). Later this season she is slated to direct premieres of Itamar Moses' Completeness (South Coast Repertory) and David Wiener's Extraordinary Chambers (Geffen Playhouse).
TICKETS to Death of a Salesman can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. Performances at the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre begin on Jan. 22 and continue through Feb. 27. Ticket prices range from $29 to $67. Performance times: Previews: Saturday, Jan. 22 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 23 at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 7:00 p.m. Regular Performances: Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m. There is also a Wednesday matinee on Feb. 16 at 2:00 p.m. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and under, seniors and groups of 10 or more.
Associated events taking place during the run of Death of a Salesman include:
POST-SHOW FORUMS: Death of a Salesman
Tuesdays, Feb. 8 and 15 and Wednesday, Feb. 23. FREE
Discuss the play with members of the Death of a Salesman cast and crew at post-show discussions led by the Globe’s creative staff after the performances.
INSIGHT SEMINAR: Death of a Salesman
Monday, Jan. 24 at 7:00 p.m. FREE
Insight Seminars are informal presentations of ideas and insights to enhance the theater-going experience. The seminars feature a panel selected from the artistic company of each production and take place in the theater where the production is performed. Reception, 6:30 p.m. Seminar, 7:00 p.m. Admission is free and reservations are not required.
OUT AT THE GLOBE: Thursday, Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m. $20
An evening for gay and lesbian theater lovers and the whole LGBT community, Out at the Globe includes a hosted wine and martini bar, appetizers and door prizes. $20 per person. RSVP at (619) 23-GLOBE. (Tickets to Death of a Salesman are sold separately.)
THANK GLOBE IT’S FRIDAY: Fridays, Jan. 28 and Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. $20
Kick off the weekend with the Globe’s Friday pre-show bash. TGIF includes a hosted wine and martini bar, appetizers and desserts. $20 per person. RSVP at (619) 23-GLOBE. (Tickets to Death of a Salesman are sold separately.)
LOCATION: The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. There are numerous free parking lots available throughout the park. Valet parking is also available ($10). For additional parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org.
CALENDAR: Jane Austen’s Emma – A Musical Romantic Comedy (1/15-2/27), Death of a Salesman (1/22-2/27), Rafta, Rafta… (3/19-4/24), Groundswell (3/12-4/17), August: Osage County (5/7-6/12), Life of Riley (4/30-6/5).
PHOTO EDITORS: Digital images of The Old Globe’s productions are available at www.TheOldGlobe.org/pressroom.
The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theaters and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for 75 years. Under the direction of Executive Producer Louis G. Spisto, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre, the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre and the 612-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theater's education and community programs. Numerous world premieres such as The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Catered Affair, and the annual holiday musical, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theaters across the country.
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JORDAN BAKER (The Woman) has appeared on Broadway in Suddenly, Last Summer with Elizabeth Ashley (Theatre World Award) and Off Broadway in Three Tall Women (original New York cast), Milk (HERE Arts Center), Is Life Worth Living? (Mint Theater Company) and Night Sky (Baruch Performing Arts Center). Her regional credits include Defiance (Pasadena Playhouse), The Philadelphia Story (Royal Exchange Theatre in England), Othello with Avery Brooks and Andre Braugher (Folger Theatre), The Merry Wives of Windsor with Jane Carr and Dakin Matthews and directed by Roger Rees and The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow (The Old Globe), Spinning Into Butter (Laguna Playhouse) and Separation (George Street Playhouse). Baker has been featured in the films Another Earth (2011 Sundance Film Festival Dramatic Competition), The David Dance, Childless, Paparazzi, City Hall, The Out-of-Towners, Escape from L.A., Love Potion No. 9 and Summersault. Her television credits include “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (recurring), “Law & Order” (recurring), “The O.C.” (recurring), “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (recurring), “Hiller and Diller” (series regular), “Medium,” “Cold Case,” “Ugly Betty,” “Mental,” “Shark,” “Num3ers” and “Without a Trace.”
JEFFREY DEMUNN (Willy Loman) has enjoyed a career that encompasses theater, film and television. He is known as a favorite of writer/producer/director Frank Darabont, who has cast him in The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Majestic and Stephen King's The Mist, among others, including the 1988 remake of The Blob and the current AMC hit television series “The Walking Dead,” in which he plays the role of Dale. His other film credits include Burn After Reading, Shelter, Cayman Went, Hollywoodland, The X-Files Movie, Phenomenon and Blaze as well as earlier appearances in Resurrection and Frances. His television work has been honored with an Emmy nomination and a Cable Ace Award for his role as Andrei Chikatilo in Citizen X. In addition to his recurring role on “Law & Order” and numerous guest starring roles on episodic series, he has starred or been featured in Empire Falls, Our Town, Noriega, Hiroshima, Storm of the Century, A Christmas Memory and Barbarians at the Gate. DeMunn was nominated for a Tony for his performance in K2 on Broadway. His other Broadway credits are Our Town, The Price, Bent, Spoils of War and Sleight of Hand. Recently he was seen as Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman at the Dallas Theater Center. His Off Broadway and regional appearances include Stuff Happens, Last Days of Judas Iscariot, A Midsummer Night's Dream and A Prayer for My Daughter (Drama Desk nomination), all with The Public Theater. In addition, both regionally and Off Broadway, he has been seen in King Lear, Geometry of Fire, A Picasso, Gunshy, The Hands of Its Enemy, The Country Girl and Modigliani. DeMunn was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, graduated from Union College and trained at the Bristol Old Vic in England. Upon returning to the U.S. he toured the country with the National Shakespeare Company and spent several summer seasons at The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center helping to develop new plays.
BEN DISKANT (Bernard) has previously appeared in The Old Globe/USD M.F.A. productions of The Winter’s Tale, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Country Wife and The Chekhov/Carver Project. At the Globe he has appeared in King Lear, The Madness of George III and The Taming of the Shrew. His regional credits include Speech and Debate (TheaterWorks, Hartford), The History Boys (The Studio Theatre), Anything Goes (Williamstown Theatre Festival) and the National Tour of Freedom Train (TheatreworksUSA).
JESSE JENSEN (Stanley) was recently seen in The Old Globe/USD M.F.A. production of The Winter’s Tale. His Los Angeles credits include the title role in Hamlet (Loyola Marymount University), The Heiress (Long Beach Playhouse), West Side Story (Musical Theatre Los Angeles), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival) and Brilliant Traces, Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll and Feeding the Moonfish (Front Porch Session Players). His film and television credits consist of Wasted, Annabelle, Nomad and Charley, as well as prime time roles on “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Cane” and “Cold Case.”
ROBIN MOSELEY (Linda) spent six years with the Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas and two years with the Denver Center Theatre Company and has appeared at over 15 regional theaters. Her Broadway credits include Pygmalion (Roundabout Theatre Company) and standby for Grace in Faith Healer (Booth Theatre). She has appeared Off Broadway as Vi in The Memory of Water and Judith in Aristocrats (Manhattan Theatre Club), Lady Faulconbridge in King John (Delacorte Theater), Belinda in Seasons Greetings (The Joyce Theater) and Mildred in The Glass Cage (Mint Theater Company). Moseley’s television credits include “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”and “As the World Turns.” Her film credits include The Sky's No Limit, Manhunter and The Juror. Moseley’s favorite roles have included Amanda in The Glass Menagerie (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and American Conservatory Theater), Maureen in The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Denver Center Theatre Company) and Miss Lucy in Sweet Bird of Youth (The Shakespeare Theatre Company). She most recently appeared as Mary Todd Lincoln in The Heavens are Hung in Black (Ford's Theatre).
TYLER PIERCE (Happy) has appeared in the tours of Legends with Joan Collins and Linda Evans, Barriers and A Midsummer Night's Dream. His regional theater credits include A Streetcar Named Desire (Guthrie Theater), The Night is a Child (world premiere, Pasadena Playhouse and Milwaukee Repertory Theater), Crime and Punishment (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Dracula and A Christmas Carol (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Macbeth, Pericles, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Lorenzaccio and The Tempest (The Shakespeare Theatre Company), Fat Pig and The Internationalist (regional premieres, The Studio Theatre) and the Youth Ink! High School Playwriting Residency Program (McCarter Theatre). Pierce’s Off Broadway credits include Theatre at St. Clement’s, Circle East Theater Company, New York Classical Theatre, HERE Arts Center, Atlantic Theater Company, Theatre for a New Audience, Lark Theatre Company, New Dramatists and New Georges. He has appeared in the films The Kiss, Best Friends, A Professional, Alchera, Modern Day Arranged Marriage and The Rub. His television credits include “Kidnapped,” “The Guiding Light,” “Third Watch,” “Runner” (pilot) and Asteroid.
JOHN PROCACCINO (Charley) has appeared on Broadway playing leading roles in An American Daughter, A Thousand Clowns and Conversations With My Father starring Judd Hirsch, and he understudied Alan Alda in Art. He has also performed Off Broadway at the New York Shakespeare Festival. Procaccino co-starred with Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson in the premiere of Anne Meara's play Down the Garden Paths at Long Wharf Theatre. Also at Long Wharf, he appeared in We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!, Sylvia and A Moon for the Misbegotten. His other theater work includes Good Boys and True and Art (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), All the Kings Men directed by Pam MacKinnon, Prayer for My Enemy, Arms and the Man, The Singing Forest and Nora (Intiman Theatre), The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Tartuffe, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Long Day's Journey Into Night and The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Seattle Repertory Theatre, company member), A Moon for the Misbegotten, The Night of the Iguana, Grand Magic, Dinner with Friends, Side Man, The Crucible and his solo performance in Wallace Shawn's The Fever (A Contemporary Theatre), CENTERSTAGE and The Old Globe. His film and television credits include The Runner Stumbles, Three Fugitives, Magic in the Water, Born to Be Wild, “Law & Order,” “NYPD Blue,” “Northern Exposure” and the Stephen King miniseries Rose Red.
DEBORAH RADLOFF (Jenny, Letta) was recently seen in The Old Globe/USD M.F.A. staging of The Winter’s Tale. Her Off Broadway credits include Girls Night: The Musical (Sophia's Downstairs Cabaret), and her Off Off Broadway credits include Dance Dance Revolution (Les Freres Corbusier). Her other New York credits include Mosheh: A Video (HERE Arts Center) and Powerhouse (New York International Fringe Festival). She has appeared regionally in The Yiddish Are Coming: The Chosen Musical (world premiere, Denver Civic Theatre), Pericles, Othello, Richard III, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Twelfth Night and Measure for Measure (Nebraska Shakespeare Festival) and A Christmas Carol (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park).
LUCAS CALEB ROONEY (Biff) has appeared on Broadway in The Country Girl with Morgan Freeman and Frances McDormand, directed by Mike Nichols, and Henry IV with Kevin Kline and Ethan Hawke, directed by Jack O’Brien. His Off Broadway credits include The Orphans’ Home Cycle (Signature Theatre Company), Yellow Face (The Public Theater), Creation (Theatre 315), Polish Play (Katharsis Theater Company), She Stoops to Conquer (Irish Repertory Theatre) and Mimesophobia (The Beckett Theatre). Regionally he has appeared in The Orphan’s Home Cycle and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hartford Stage), Yellow Face (Mark Taper Forum), All My Sons, Compleat Female Stage Beauty and Twelfth Night (The Old Globe), The Tempest (Franklin Stage Company), A Streetcar Named Desire (Cleveland Play House) and Dirty Blonde (Pittsburgh Public Theater). Rooney’s television credits include “Cold Case,” “CSI: Miami,” “Journeyman,” “Law & Order,” “Kidnapped” and “Six Degrees.” He has appeared in the films On Broadway and One Last Thing.
RYMAN SNEED (Miss Forsythe) has appeared in the Old Globe/USD M.F.A. productions of The Winter’s Tale, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Country Wife and The Chekhov/Carver Project and in The Old Globe productions of King Lear and The Madness of George III. Her Off Broadway and other New York credits include None of the Above, The Tempest, Eat Cake, Pied-á-Terre and The Crucible.
ADRIAN SPARKS (Uncle Ben) was most recently seen at the Globe in the 2010 Summer Shakespeare Festival productions of King Lear, The Taming of the Shrew and The Madness of George III. He has played leading roles in a wide variety of theater classics at such theaters as Guthrie Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Stage West, CENTERSTAGE, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Laguna Playhouse and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. His extensive Shakespearean credits include acting or directing assignments in Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Macbeth, Troilus and Cressida, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear, Othello, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, The Tempest, As You Like It, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Richard II, Henry IV (Parts I and II), Henry V, Henry VI (Parts I, II and III) and Richard III. His 2009 portrayal of Sharky in The Seafarer for Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati led to Best Actor Awards from both the Acclaim and Cincinnati Entertainment Awards. In 2005, Sparks was honored by the highly-respected Ovation Awards Committee with a Best Actor nomination for his portrayal of Ernest Hemingway in the one-man show Papa by Pulitzer Prize-winning author John deGroot. He has since performed this solo show at numerous venues across the United States and across the world with an extended tour of major theaters and universities throughout Turkey.
JONATHAN SPIVEY (Howard Wagner, 2nd Waiter) was recently featured in the Old Globe/USD M.F.A. production of The Winter’s Tale. His New York credits include The Naked Side of Grace and The Last Chanukah. His regional credits include The Merchant of Venice, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Romeo and Juliet (Richmond Shakespeare), Cyrano de Bergerac, Souvenir and Anything Goes (Barksdale Theatre), Around the World in 80 Days (Sierra Repertory Theatre), Black Gold (Phoenix Theatre), Dogpark: The Musical (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre), Beauty and the Beast (Theatre IV), Gypsy starring Lorna Luft (Modlin Center for the Arts) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), The Imaginary Invalid, Shakespeare in Hollywood, Room Service, The Foreigner, Kiss Me, Kate, She Loves Me, Oliver!, Forever Plaid and A Year with Frog and Toad (Hope Summer Repertory Theatre). Spivey is a Second City-trained improv artist, a jazz pianist and the co-author of the musical comedy Murphy’s Law.
DEATH OF A SALESMAN
By Arthur Miller
Directed by Pam MacKinnon
RUNS: Jan. 22 – Feb. 27, 2011
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
SYNOPSIS: Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play, Death of a Salesman is an unflinching examination of the American Dream that is as relevant today as the day it was written. Jeffrey DeMunn (“The Walking Dead”) stars as Willy Loman.
CREATIVE TEAM: Marion Williams (Scenic Design), Mathew J. LeFebvre (Costume Design), Rui Rita (Lighting Design), Jeremy J. Lee (Sound Design) and Lavinia Henley (Stage Manager).
CAST: Jordan Baker (The Woman), Jeffrey DeMunn (Willy Loman), Ben Diskant (Bernard), Jesse Jensen (Stanley), Robin Moseley (Linda), Tyler Pierce (Happy), John Procaccino (Charley), Deborah Radloff (Jenny, Letta), Lucas Caleb Rooney (Biff), Ryman Sneed (Miss Forsythe), Adrian Sparks (Uncle Ben) and Jonathan Spivey (Howard Wagner, 2nd Waiter).
Jan. 15 SAT 8pm
Jan. 16 SUN 7pm
Jan. 18 TUE 7pm
Jan. 19 WED 7pm
Jan. 20 THU 8pm
Jan. 21 FRI 8pm
Jan. 22 SAT 8pm
OPENING NIGHT: Jan. 23 SUN 7pm
Jan. 25 TUE 7pm
Jan. 26 WED 7pm
Jan. 27 THU 8pm
Jan. 28 FRI 8pm
Jan. 29 SAT 2pm
Jan. 29 SAT 8pm
Jan. 30 SUN 2pm
Jan. 30 SUN 7pm
Feb. 1 TUE 7pm
Feb. 2 WED 7pm
Feb. 3 THU 8pm
Feb. 4 FRI 8pm
Feb. 5 SAT 2pm
Feb. 5 SAT 8pm
Feb. 6 SUN 2pm
Feb. 6 SUN 7pm
Feb. 8 TUE 7pm
Feb. 9 WED 2pm
Feb. 9 WED 7pm
Feb. 10 THU 8pm
Feb. 11 FRI 8pm
Feb. 12 SAT 8pm
Feb. 13 SUN 2pm
Feb. 13 SUN 7pm
Feb. 15 TUE 7pm
Feb. 16 WED 7pm
Feb. 17 THU 8pm
Feb. 18 FRI 8pm
Feb. 19 SAT 2pm
Feb. 19 SAT 8pm
Feb. 20 SUN 2pm
Feb. 20 SUN 7pm
Feb. 22 TUE 7pm
Feb. 23 WED 7pm
Feb. 24 THU 8pm
Feb. 25 FRI 8pm
Feb. 26 SAT 2pm
Feb. 26 SAT 8pm
Feb. 27 SUN 2pm
Feb. 27 SUN 8pm
Monday, Jan. 24 at 7:00 p.m.
Seminar series features a panel of artists from the current show. Reception at 6:30 p.m. FREE
Tuesdays, Feb. 8 and 15 and Wed., Feb. 23
Discuss the play with members of the cast following the performance. FREE
THANK GLOBE IT’S FRIDAY
Fridays, Jan. 28 and Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. $20
Friday pre-show bash includes wine, martinis, appetizers, dessert and live music. (Show sold separately.)
OUT AT THE GLOBE
Thursday, Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m. $20
An evening for LGBT theater lovers with a hosted wine and martini bar, appetizers and door prizes. (Show sold separately.)
BOX OFFICE WINDOW HOURS: Noon to final curtain Tuesday through Sunday. American Express, Discover, MasterCard and VISA accepted. (619) 23-GLOBE [234-5623]
LOCATION: The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. Free parking is available throughout the park. Valet parking is also available ($10). For parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org.
Jeffrey Weiser (619) 238-0043 x2352 jweiser@TheOldGlobe.org
Mike Hausberg (619) 238-0043 x2355 mhausberg@TheOldGlobe.org