Old Globe presents Arthur Miller classic ‘Death of a Salesman’ starring Jeffrey DeMunn

By Diana Saenger

Jeffrey DeMunn stars as Willy Loman in ‘Death of a Salesman.’ opening Saturday at The Old Globe. CREDIT: Photo by J. Katarzyna Woronowicz.

If Arthur Miller were alive today he would probably be amused to find two degrees of separation between his Willy Loman character and a killer of zombies. That’s because playing the lead in the Globe’s revival of “Death of a Salesman” is Jeffrey DeMunn, who stars in AMC’s hit television series “The Walking Dead.”

“Death of a Salesman,” directed by Pam MacKinnon (an Obie and Lilly Award winning New York-based director) and winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play, runs in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theater Jan. 22-Feb. 27.

DeMunn played the role of Willy last year at the Dallas Theater Center and admits he rarely repeats a production. “But in terms of the man and the world he lived at the moment, I knew there was much more I had to learn. So when the opportunity came up, I said yes.”

There’s a reason “Death of a Salesman” continues to be produced around the country, The story of Willy’s misunderstanding of himself throughout his career as a traveling salesman and how he eventually realizes The American Dream has passed him by – is still both poignant and relevant.

“There’s no question that could be said about any well-drawn character in a book or play,” DeMunn said. “Willy is sewn into the fabric of all of our lives, and if that was not so, the play would not be as wonderful, artful or meaningful as it is, mostly because it’s done by Arthur Miller.”

With DeMunn’s impressive resume of nearly 35 years of acting; it’s apparent he could fill any shoes. Called a favorite of writer/producer/director Frank Darabont, DeMunn appeared in “The Shawshank Redemption,” “The Green Mile,” “The Majestic,” Stephen King’s “The Mist,” the 1988 remake of “The Blob” and the “The Walking Dead.”

Other vast film credits include “Burn After Reading,” “Cayman Went,” “Hollywoodland,” “The X-Files Movie,” “Phenomenon” and “Blaze.” His award-winng TV credits are many. On stage DeMunn’s Broadway credits include “Our Town,” “The Price,” “Bent,” “Spoils of War,” “Sleight of Hand” and “K2” for which he was nominated for a Tony. He also enjoys many off-Broadway credits.

The characters he picks to play are quite diverse, but DeMunn said he has no particular method for getting into character – as a salesman or even a killer. “I often do research or look at footage, but sometimes that may not be appropriate if the script is a little different,” he said. “I just try to see what this human is about, stay as nimble as I can, and always try to tell the truth. ‘The Walking Dead’ was a complete surprise. When I got a call from Frank asking me to come to Atlanta and kill zombies, I said yes without knowing anything about it.”

The “Salesman” cast includes: Jordan Baker, Ben Diskant, Jesse Jensen, Robin Moseley, Tyler Pierce, John Procaccino, Deborah Radloff, Lucas Caleb Rooney, Ryman Sneed, Adrian Sparks and Jonathan Spivey. The creative team features Marion Williams (Scenic Design), Mathew LeFebvre (Costume Design), Rui Rita (Lighting Design), Jeremy J. Lee (Sound Design) and Lavinia Henley (Stage Manager).

If you go

  • What: The award-winning drama, “Death of a Salesman”
  • Where: Sheryl and Harvey White Theater, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park
  • Previews: 8 p.m. Jan. 22, 7 p.m. Jan. 23, 25, 26.
  • Performances: 7 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; 7 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 27
  • Tickets: $29-$67
  • Contact: (619) 23-GLOBE.  TheOldGlobe.org

Related posts:

  1. Rock musical cheers age ‘13’ with story about growing up from J*Company
  2. La Jolla Playhouse’s new drama shows lives ‘Ruined’ by war
  3. Handful of surprises in Playhouse’s upcoming season
  4. Old Globe tackles two of Simon’s plays in tandem
  5. Engaging cast keeps 'Becky's New Car' cruisin' along

Short URL: http://www.lajollalight.com/?p=33497

Posted by Susan DeMaggio on Jan 20, 2011. Filed under A & E, Theater. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply

La Jolla Community Calendar


Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6

RSS North Coastal News

  • More water storage and renewed calls for conservation July 26, 2014
    As local and state officials heighten their calls for conservation, the San Diego Water Authority this month celebrated the completion of a project that goes a long way toward ensuring water reliability for the region. The $416 million San Vicente Dam Raise project is finished. Raising the height of the dam in Lakeside greatly increases the reservoir’s capac […]
  • California Chiropractic Association elects Del Mar practitioner as president July 25, 2014
    The California Chiropractic Association, the Sacramento-based statewide, nonprofit organization of chiropractic doctors and allied industries, announced that Brian Stenzler, a San Diego and Del Mar-based doctor of chiropractic, was elected to serve as president of CCA. He succeeds Matt Hubbard, also of San Diego, who now serves as Immediate Past President. […]
  • Surf Soccer Club Academy GU9 team tops in division at 2014 Albion Cup July 25, 2014
    The Surf Soccer Club Academy GU9 team took first place in the 2014 Albion Cup (Girls U9 Cup) on July 18-21. They beat Carlsbad United’s top GU9 team in the semi-finals and went on to shut out Strikers FC in the finals, 4-0. Awesome tournament play by the entire team! […]