Death of a Salesman
By Arthur Miller
Directed by Marc Masterson
SEGERSTROM STAGE
August 30, 2013 - September 29, 2013

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Arthur Miller had his first Broadway triumph with this history-making play. Numerous versions followed—on stage, film and television—including SCR’s first gripping production more than 45 years ago. Now an exciting revival will hold audiences in rapt attention, as Willy Loman tries to instill in his sons the values he has lived by, clinging tenaciously to his version of the American Dream, even as his family watches it slip away. Stage, screen and television star Charlie Robinson leads a dynamically diverse cast as Willy Loman. No stranger to characters who struggle with a changing world, Robinson won raves from SCR audiences and critics alike for his portrayal of Troy in Fences and Becker in Jitney.

Previews: August 30 – September 5, 2013
Opening Night: September 6, 2013
Regular Performances: September 7 – 29, 2013

Recommendation: Middle school and above. Some adult situations and herbal cigarette smoking.

Running Time:  Approximately two hours and 40 minutes including one intermission. 

Arthur Miller was born in New York City and studied at the University of Michigan. His plays include The Man Who Had all The Luck (1944), All My Sons (1947), Death Of A Salesman (1949), The Crucible (1953), A View from the Bridge and A Memory Of Two Mondays (1955), After the Fall (1964), Incident at Vichy (1964), The Price (1968), The Creation of the World and Other Business (1972), The Archbishop's Ceiling (1977), The American Clock (1980) and Playing for Time. Later plays include The Ride Down Mt. Morgan (1991), The Last Yankee (1993), Broken Glass (1994), Mr. Peters’ Connections (1998), Resurrection Blues (2002), and Finishing the Picture (2004). Other works include Focus, a novel (1945), The Misfits, a screenplay (1960), and the texts for In Russia (1969), In the Country (1977) and Chinese Encounters (1979), three books in collaboration with his wife, photographer Inge Morath. Memoirs include Salesman in Beijing (1984) and Timebends, an autobiography (1988). Short fiction includes the collection I Don’t Need You Anymore (1967), the novella Homely Girl, a Life (1995) and Presence: Stories (2007). He was awarded the Avery Hopwood Award for Playwriting at University of Michigan in 1936. He twice won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, received two Emmy awards and three Tony Awards for his plays, as well as a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement. He also won an Obie award, a BBC Best Play Award, the George Foster Peabody Award, a Gold Medal for Drama from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, the Literary Lion Award from the New York Public Library, the John F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Algur Meadows Award. He was named Jefferson Lecturer for the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2001. He was awarded the 2002 Prince of Asturias Award for Letters and the 2003 Jerusalem Prize. He received honorary degrees from Oxford University and Harvard University and was awarded the Prix Molière of the French theatre, the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Pulitzer Prize.

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Cast
Larry Bates
Larry Bates as Happy. He has appeared at South Coast Repertory as Ralph D in The Motherf**ker with the Hat. His other SCR credits include Booth in Topdog/Underdog, Cory in Fences, Cactus in Mr. Marmalade and Youngblood/Darnell in Jitney, for which he won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle (LADCC) Award for Best Featured Actor. He is a graduate of The Theatre School, DePaul University.

Chris Butler
Chris Butler as Biff. Butler is a two-time Ovation, NAACP, LADCC and Garland Award winner for his work in Yellowman (The Fountain Theatre) and Stick Fly (The Matrix Theatre Company). He is making his SCR debut. Other theater includes the Broadway revival of 110 In The Shade (Roundabout Theatre Company); Gem Of The Ocean, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (Rubicon Theatre); A Raisin In The Sun, The Piano Lesson(Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Blue (Pasadena Playhouse); A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Globe Theatre); and The School For Wives (La Jolla Playhouse). Butler holds an MFA in theatre from the University of California at San Diego and a BA in dramatic arts from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Gregg Daniel
Gregg Daniel as Uncle Ben. He is returning to SCR after previously appearing in August Wilson's Jitney and Fences. He recently appeared in the Mark Taper Forum's production of Joe Turner's Come and Gone. His other SCR appearances include A Christmas Carol (Jacob Marley) and Theatre for Young Audiences production of James and the Giant Peach. He is a founding member and artistic director of Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble.

Celeste Den
Celeste Den as Miss Forsythe She returns to SCR after appearing in the Broadway international tour of Chinglish at SCR, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the 2013 Hong Kong Arts Festival. Her other theatre credits include the world premieres of Wild Swansat American Repertory Theater and Young Vic in London; Between Two Friends andIsland at Actors Theatre of Louisville; 11 Septembre 2001 and Peach Blossom Fan with Center for New Performance; Spit, Shine, Glisten! with Cotsen Center for Puppetry; andLaws of Sympathy with Playwrights' Arena. Den received her BFA in theatre from the University of Florida and MFA in acting from the California Institute of the Arts.

Tracey A. Leigh
Tracey A. Leigh as The Woman. Her previous appearances at SCR include In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), Safe in Hell, the NewSCRipts reading of The St. James Infirmary and the Pacific Playwrights Festival readings of Happy Face and Tough Titty. She recently appeared as Titania in Shakespeare Center Los Angeles' A Midsummer Night's Dream, in Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble's production of Elmina's Kitchen, and in The Many Mistresses of Martin Luther King at Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA.

Becca Lustgarten
Becca Lustgarten as Letta. She is her South Coast Repertory debut. Her past credits include work at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Primary Stages, Hangar Theatre, and the Actor's Studio NYC. Lustgarten received her BFA in theatre arts from Boston University and studied at the Accademia Dell'Arte in Arezzo in Italy. She is a graduate of the 2013 South Coast Repertory Acting Intensive Program.

Georgina E. Okon
Georgina E. Okon as Jenny. She grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, and Essex, England. She moved to the United States to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and “live”out a dream. She recently performed in To Be or Not at Actors Art Theatre, andThe Changeling at Long Beach Playhouse. Other roles include The Snake in The Little Prince and Esther in Amazing Grace.

Tyler Pierce
Tyler Pierce as Howard Wagner. Pierce returns to SCR where his credits includeHow to Write a New Book for the Bible and Death of the Author (NewSCRipts). He has appeared in tours of Legends with Joan Collins and Linda Evans, Barriers and A Midsummer Night's Dream. His selected regional theatre credits include I'll Be Back Before Midnight (The Colony Theatre Company); How to Write a New Book for the Bible(Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theatre); Good People (Geffen Playhouse); Gronholm Method (Falcon Theatre); Death of a Salesman (The Old Globe); and A Streetcar Named Desire (Guthrie Theater).

Christopher Rivas
Christopher Rivas as Stanley. The New York City native recently finished a great run and romp in The Assassination of Leon Trotsky, A Comedy at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble. His other stage credits include Helen at the Getty Villa, Songs of Bilitis with Rogue Artists Ensemble at the Bootleg, and Camino Real at The Theatre@Boston Court. His Indie film Public Law is making the festival circuit now, and he's just shot a pilot titled "Clandestine." Next to acting, Rivas lives creatively through his poetry.

Charlie Robinson
Charlie Robinson as Willy Loman. His work at SCR includes The Piano Lesson; My Wandering Boy; Fences, which earned him a 2006 Ovation Award for his portrayal of Troy; and Jitney, which earned him a Los Angeles Drama Critics award nomination for his portrayal of Becker. He is received an NAACP's Theatre Image Award for Best Actor in a Play for The Old Globe's The Whipping Man. Another theatre home for him has been the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. See him soon in the feature film, Hoovey, to be released this year.

Kim Staunton
Kim Staunton as Linda Loman. She last appeared at SCR as Berniece in The Piano Lesson. Staunton has been a guest company member at the Denver Center Theatre Company for the past 13 seasons. She represented the Colorado company as an inaugural Lunt-Fontanne Fellow at the Ten Chimneys Foundation. Staunton has also appeared regionally at Ebony Repertory Theatre, Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre, Syracuse Stage and the O'Neill Theatre Center. She is a native of Washington, D.C., and a graduate of The Juilliard School.

James A. Watson
James A. Watson Jr. as Charley. He last appeared at SCR in August Wilson's Jitney. Watson trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (U.S. Extension) and his television and film work earned him an Emmy nomination, and NAACP Image Award. His other theatre work has included National Pastime (The Fremont Centre Theater, Pasadena) Dream on Monkey Mountain (Mark Taper Forum) Lemon Meringue Façade(Best Supporting Actor nomination, San Fernando Valley Awards), In White America, Room Service (A.C.T., San Francisco), and Rashomon/ Outrage, Golden Boy, Calculated Risk (Marla Gibbs Theater).

Tobie Windham
Tobie Windham as Bernard. His last appearance at SCR was in A Midsummer Night's Dream. His other stage credits include The Whipping Man at Marin Theater Company, Seven Guitars (San Francisco Bay Area Critics circle nominee for best actor), Blues for an Alabama Sky, American Buffalo, Balm in Gilead, Slither, The Brothers Size (SFBATCC nominee for best actor), Marcus; Or the Secrete of Sweet and Two Coons. He has performed on the stages of The American Conservatory Theater, Magic Theater, California Shakespeare Theater, Chalk Repertory Theatre, South City Theater Company, City Equity Theater and Birmingham Park Players. He is a native of Birmingham, Ala.
Creative Team
Marc Masterson (Director) is in his third season with SCR. He previously served for 11 years as artistic director of Actors Theatre of Louisville and produced the Humana Festival of New American Plays. During his tenure, he produced more than 100 world premieres, expanded audiences and the repertoire, deepened arts education programs, and spearheaded numerous community-based projects. Recent directing credits include Eurydice and Elemeno Pea at SCR, As You Like It for the Houston Shakespeare Festival, The Kite Runner in Louisville and the Cleveland Play House, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Tempest, Mary’s Wedding, The Crucible, Betrayal, As You Like It, The Importance of Being Earnest and Macbeth in Louisville. World premieres directed at the Humana Festival include works by Lisa Dillman, Wendell Berry, Craig Wright, Eric Coble, Adam Bock, Gina Gionfriddo, Melanie Marnich, Charles Mee and Rick Dresser. Previously he served as artistic director of City Theatre in Pittsburgh for 20 years.

Michael B. Raiford (Scenic Design) is a scenic and costume designer based in Austin, Texas. This is his debut at South Coast Repertory. National and regional theatre and opera credits include work at GEVA Theatre, The Cleveland Play House, Opera Boston, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Central City Opera, Aurora Theatre Company, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C., The New Victory Theater in NYC and Actors Theatre of Louisville. At Actors Theatre, Raiford designed over 20 shows including a dozen world premiere productions at The Humana Festival of New American Plays. In Austin, he has designed at Ballet Austin, Austin Lyric Opera, Rude Mechanicals, ZACH Theatre and Hyde Park/Chick and an Dude Productions. Raiford also works as a creative consultant in many fields including architecture, interiors, advertising and yes, even marching band/DCI and WGI. Raiford received his MFA from University of Texas at Austin where he also taught design for 10 years.

Holly Poe Durbin (Costume Design) is pleased to return to SCR; she most recently designed Three Days of Rain. She designed Chekhov’s The Wood Demon on London’s West End, the UK tour of Miss Evers’ Boys and the world tour of a new opera, Don Juan Flamenco, premiering at the Flamenco Biennale in Seville. Recent work includes Shipwrecked for the Cincinnati Playhouse, Opus for Portland Center Stage, Much Ado About Nothing starring Helen Hunt, Tom Irwin and Lyle Lovett; and Top Secret for New York Theater Workshop, featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Durbin has designed costumes for regional theaters, such as the Mark Taper Forum, Huntington Theatre in Boston, Pasadena Playhouse, St. Louis Repertory Theater, Missouri Repertory Theatre, The Old Globe and Geffen Playhouse. Her themed entertainment designs include Universal Studios Japan and Legend of the Ice Princess in San Diego. Her independent film work includes the Emmy Award winning historical docu-drama Coronado: Building the Dream. Follow her work on her blog pomo2k.wordpress.com.

Brian J. Lilienthal (Lighting Design) returns to SCR after previously designing Jitney. He has designed over 200 productions across the country, including 60 productions (20 for the Humana Festival of New American Plays) at Actors Theatre of Louisville as the resident lighting designer. His work there includes The Tempest, Glengarry Glen Ross, Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, Mary’s Wedding, The Kite Runner (all directed by Marc Masterson), The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity and BOB.He has designed 20 productions at Trinity Repertory Company and seven seasons with the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center’s National Playwrights’ Conference, The Evidence Room, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, Milwaukee Repertory, Arizona Theatre Company, The Kennedy Center, Arden Theatre Company, Pig Iron Theatre, La MaMa E.T.C., Cherry Lane Theatre, Capital Repertory Theatre, Bard SummerScape, Long Beach Opera, amongst many. He holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, and received a 2005 Los Angeles Ovation Award for the lighting design of Echo’s Hammer by Ken Roht at the Theatre @ Boston Court. Lilienthal currently teaches lighting design at Tufts University.

Jim Ragland (Composer/Soundscape) returns to SCR for his fifth show, having worked on The Weir, In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), Crimes of the Heart and Fences. Ragland was based in Seattle for many years, where his 100-plus credits included Angels in America, The Kentucky Cycle, Hamlet, Ghosts, Molly Sweeny and The Royal Family at Intiman Theatre; Seven Guitars, Julius Caesar and The Beauty Queen of Leenane at Seattle Repertory Theatre; Alice in Wonderland at Seattle Children’s Theatre; Fuddy Mears and Our Country’s Good at A.C.T.; Marisol at The Group; The Rocky Horror Show and Etta Jenks at The Empty Space Theatre; Djinn and Sub Rosa with House of Dames; and The Tooth of Crime at New City Theater. His other credits around the country include The Kentucky Cycle at Mark Taper Forum and on Broadway, Electra at Hartford Stage, Reckless at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Jitney at Alley Theatre and the Hartford/Dallas/Portland production of Fences. In 2005, he received Theater Puget Sound’s annual Gregory Falls Award. He is currently a busy Austin singer/songwriter and guitarist.

Jamie A. Tucker* (Stage Manager) is excited to be in his 12th season at SCR. Tucker completed his MFA in dance, specializing in stage management, at the University of California, Irvine in 1994. Since coming to SCR, he has stage-managed or assisted on 60 productions. Some of his favorites have been the world premieres of Richard Greenberg’s Three Days of Rain, The Violet Hour and The Dazzle; Rolin Jones’ The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow; and Noah Haidle’s Mr. Marmalade. Other favorites include Elemeno Pea, Jitney, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Crimes of the Heart, Fences, Anna in the Tropics, The Trip to Bountiful, A View from the Bridge, Chinglish and Hamlet. He has had the pleasure of working seven seasons on La Posada Magica and five seasons at the helm of A Christmas Carol. If you can’t find him in the theatre, he is likely to be riding his bike down PCH. Tucker is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.

Sue Karutz* (Assistant Stage Manager) has previously stage managed or assisted at SCR on The Parisian Woman, Chinglish, A Christmas Carol, The Night Fairy, Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!, The Hoboken Chicken Emergency and Oleanna. She toured with The Black Rider (London, San Francisco, Sydney, L.A.), Wicked (Chicago, L.A., San Francisco), Les Misérables (U.S., Canada, Shanghai, Seoul) and Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo (Moscow, Brussels.) Off-Broadway, she earned her Equity card on Howard Crabtree’s When Pigs Fly. Karutz has stage-managed for Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles Opera, Pasadena Playhouse, Falcon Theatre, Deaf West Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Idaho Shakespeare Festival and The National Theatre of the Deaf, and she also spends some of her time running the show “Fantasmic!” at Disneyland Resort.
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