Auditions for Death of a Salesman Announced

Director: Robert Neu

Auditions: Saturday, January 12, 10:00a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 13, 6:00p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Callbacks: Tuesday, January 15, 7:00p.m.–10:00 p.m.

Performance Dates: April 5-21, 2013 11 total performances

Character Breakdown: Death of a Salesman takes place both in real time and in a series of flashbacks that occur 16 years earlier – hence, the broad age ranges listed below for the characters of Willy, Linda, Biff, Happy, Bernard and Charley.

WILLY LOMAN: Age range of 47-63; down-on-his-luck, increasingly out of touch with reality, quick tempered

LINDA LOMAN: Age range of 42-58; Willy’s wife; even-tempered, utterly devoted to Willy, deeply buried emotions

BIFF LOMAN: Age range of 18-34; Willy and Linda’s eldest son; once a promising and confident athlete who has lost his way and is well aware of his shortcomings

HAPPY LOMAN: Age range of 16-32; Willy and Linda’s younger son; has always lived in his older brother’s shadow, compensates by pretending to be overly-confident, doesn’t know himself

BERNARD: Age range of 17-33; next-door neighbor of the Lomans, a book-worm nerd who later achieves success and confidence

CHARLEY: Age range of 44-60; Bernard’s father, good man, practical, joker, tries to be a friend to Willy

BEN: Late 40’s-60 – Willy’s older brother, rich, successful, confident, appears only in Willy’s memory

HOWARD WAGNER: Mid-30’s – Willy’s boss, practical, non-sentimental

THE WOMAN FROM BOSTON: 30’s – had an affair with Willy, loud, gauche

MISS FORSYTHE: Late 20’s – a “model” who has an encounter with Biff and Happy, attractive

LETTA: Late 20’s – Miss Forsythe’s friend, similar type

Audition Information: Auditioners should prepare a dramatic contemporary monologue of their choosing.

Synopsis: Willy Loman is an aging salesman who cannot understand how he failed to win success and happiness. Through a series of tragic soul-searching revelations of the life he has lived with his wife, his sons, and his business associates, we discover how his quest for the “American Dream” kept him blind to the people who truly loved him.

As relevant today as it was in 1949 when it received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play, Death of a Salesman remains a profound classic of American Theatre.