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Death of a Salesman

In the spring of 1948, Arthur Miller retreated to a log cabin in Connecticut with the first two lines of a play in his mind. He defined his aim as being “to set forth what happens when a man does not have a grip on t he forces of life”. From this starting point came the play which changed the course of modern theatre. Death of a Salesman is the extraordinarily moving story of Willy Loman, an ordinary man whose dreams come unstuck. It is a brilliant critique of the truths and fallacies of the American dream.

The last time Death of a Salesman was seen in Dublin was at the Gaiety Theatre in 1986 when Joe Dowling directed the late Ray McAnally in the role of Willy Loman. In 1995, Dowling left Ireland and took up the helm at the theatre of fellow Irishman, Tyrone Guthrie. Over the next decade, the theatre enjoyed one of the most successful periods of its history, culminating in the building of one of the world's most ambitious theatre projects – a new Guthrie Theater – a three auditoria complex located on the banks of the Mississippi River, which will open in May 2006. To celebrate this success, we invited Joe to bring to the Festival his new production of Miller's classic, performed by the Guthrie's company of actors led by Peter Michael Goetz and Helen Carey, recently seen in All My Sons at the Abbey.


With the support of the Guthrie Theater Producers: Martha and Bruce Atwater, Judy Dayton, Mary Lee Dayton, Polly Groose, Jim and Joann Jundt, Mary W. Vaughan, Joanne and Philip Von Blon, Irv and Marge Weiser and Margaret and Angus Wurtele.

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