Roxbury Repertory Theatre’s new production of Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize winning Death of a Salesman, frequently regarded by critics as the preeminent American play, portrays the demise of the American Dream through a prism of racial color.
“The American Dream is no longer dreamed in black-and-white,” says Obie Award winner Robbie McCauley, Artistic Director and Director of Death of a Salesman. “As I thought about this work, which Miller prophetically wrote at the dawn of the post-World War II boom of the white middle class, I was looking to cast the struggle of Willy Loman from a different, black American perspective. As the project evolved, it became clear that the dissipation of the white American Dream in an emerging America of color adds new texture to Miller’s masterpiece.”
A majority of blacks (55%) and Hispanics (52%) still believe in the American Dream, compared to a minority of whites (35%), according to a CNN/Kaiser Family Foundation Poll (Aug-Oct 2015).
“The America Dream is the quintessential sales pitch Americans have bought since our nation began,” says Marshall Hughes, Director of Fine, Performing and Media Arts and Managing Director of Roxbury Repertory Theatre. “Is it alive, or dying, or changing? In an election year, we’re now bombarded with new versions of it. In some ways, we share an American Dream across raees; in other ways, our dreams couldn’t be more different. Since our society is our dreams, it’s a topic worthy of reflection.”
A multi-racial cast of actors dance through Willy Loman’s head to challenge audiences’ perspectives on the subject.
Performances are at the Media Arts Center’s Mainstage (Building 1), 1234 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury across from the Roxbury Crossing T-stop.
Performance Dates: February 25 – 27 and March 3 – 5
Performance Times: Thursdays and Fridays 10AM and 8PM; Saturdays at 2PM
Tickets are $10 for the general public, $5 for students and seniors.