THEATREWORKS stages ‘Death of a Salesman’

Christopher Lowell, “Death of a Salesman.” Photo by Isaiah Downing

THEATREWORKS will present what many consider the greatest and most important American play, Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” through Nov. 10 at the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater in University Hall.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday evenings with 2 p.m. Saturday matinees Nov. 2 and 9. Sunday matinees begin at 4 p.m.  Reservations are advised. Ticket prices are $35 for adults, $15 for children less than 16. Children less than 5 years will not be admitted. For more information about tickets, visit or call the box office, 255-3232.

A special event is planned for 2:30 p.m. Nov. 10. Four-time Tony Award-winning lighting designer Brian MacDevitt will talk about his experience designing for “The Book of Mormon” and “Death of a Salesman” on Broadway.

“Death of a Salesman” is about the American dream, about American myths of success, and about our collective national delusions. But most of all it’s about a troubled, brave and lively family struggling to hold on and keep themselves together. It’s about a father and son who love and disappoint each other in equal measure. And finally, it is a play about the death of a salesman, an ordinary man who desperately wants to leave his thumbprint on the world.

Christopher Lowell will play Willy Loman, a role he first played 22 years ago. Since then, Lowell has a made a national reputation for himself representing Ben Franklin all over the country. He was last seen at THEATREWORKS in “Twelve Angry Men,” followed by his appearance as Shylock in “The Merchant of Venice” in 2011, for which he won the Denver Post Ovation Award as the best actor in a dramatic role.

Lowell is joined by a large cast of the finest actors in the Pikes Peak Region. Sue Bachman is Linda, the wife who more than loves her husband. Josh Sienkiewicz flies in to play Biff, the older son, a high school hero who has been lost out way out west. Jesse Wilson is his brother Happy, determined to succeed where his dad did not. Tom Paradise is Uncle Ben, a semi-mythical presence who Willy dangerously regards as his guardian angel. Sol Chavez is the amiable neighbor, Charley, and Phillip Gallegos is his nerdy son. Ashley Crockett is the other woman, and Greg Lanning is the boss who fires the salesman. Other roles are played by Steven Schubin, Jessica Parnello, Amy Haines and Erica Erickson.

Jonathan Wentz designed the set, consisting of a fragile house surrounded by towering and angular new buildings. Lloyd Sobel creates a lighting tapestry that moves from the dark night of the present day into the golden world of memory. Breton Christopherson supplies the haunting sound and Katherine Nowacki designs the costumes from the suburban world of 1948 and the more distant past. Murray Ross, Artistic Director of THEATREWORKS, is directing the production.

–Caitlin Green, THEATREWORKS

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