Phyllis Kay as Linda and Stephen Berenson as Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, directed by Brian McEleney, at Trinity Rep.
Phyllis Kay as Linda and Stephen Berenson as Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, directed by Brian McEleney, at Trinity Rep.
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Trinity Repertory Company's The American Dream, Then and Now kicked off yesterday with the onset of performances of Arthur Miller's American classic Death of a Salesman. The production will run in repertory with Dominique Morisseau's Skeleton Crew and examine the American dream of yesterday and today.

Directed by Brian McEleney, Death of a Salesman is described as a "classic tale of the perilously high cost of the American Dream explodes with poignancy and relevance. Willy Loman desperately craves success for himself and his sons, but stark reality cannot live up to his dreams. The wall of delusions he has constructed quietly crumbles around him while a devastated and demoralized man searches in vain for a hidden path to greatness. Death of a Salesman is a Pulitzer-Prize winning masterpiece that everyone should see performed live."

The production features Stephen Berenson (Willy Loman), Mauro Hauntman (Howard/Ben), Shenyse Harris (Miss Forsythe), Tyler Herman (Bernard), Billy Hutto (Happy), Phyllis Kay (Linda), Matt Lytle (Biff), Fred Sullivan Jr. (Charley), Will Adams (Stanley), and Rachel Dulude (The Woman).

Skeleton Crew is directed by Tiffany Nichole Greene and is described as follows: "In Detroit, as the Great Recession begins, a makeshift family of four factory workers toil as their industry flirts with failure. With their future uncertain, Faye, Shanita, Dez, and foreman Reggie must decide how they will balance their own desires, their loyalty to one another, and their survival. More than a half century after Willy Loman struggled for success, this fresh, off-Broadway play shows us that the quest for the American Dream endures." Performances begin October 1.

The cast features Lizan Mitchell (Faye), Shenyse Harris (Shanita), Jude Sandy (Reggie), and Will Adams (Dez).

The creative team for both productions comprises Sara Brown (set design), Toni Spadafora (costume design), Justin Ellington (sound design), and John Ambrosone (lighting design).

Performances of Death of a Salesman continue through November 26. For tickets and more information, click here.

Performances of Skeleton Crew continue through November 22. For tickets and more information click here.