‘Death of a Salesman’ opens April 13 in Bingen

The American theater has always embraced classics from playwrights such as Williams, Hellman, O’Neill, Albee, Shepard, and Miller. Arthur Miller’s powerful Tony Award winning play, “Death of a Salesman,” a tragedy of an American family, will be performed this month at Bingen Theatre.

Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association Stages presents “Death of a Salesman” on April 13, 14, 15, and April 20, 21, and April 22 at 7:30 p.m., and on April 23 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 adults and $10 students, and are available at the door or on gorgeorchestra.org. Bingen Theater is located 210 Oak St., Bingen.

Director Deborah Langlois said that the play is timeless. It not only embodies the loss of the American Dream, and love of a family, its inherent message holds universal truths. Miller once stated in an interview that “the salesman is close to being the universal occupation of contemporary society — not only in America, but everywhere. Everybody is selling and everything is for sale.”

Actor Tom Burns, playing Willy Loman, said that “the opportunity to play Willy Loman is a tremendous challenge for an actor.

Loman suffers both from depression about his failing career as a salesman, and his guilt and anxiety over an extramarital affair that results in his estranged relationship with his son Biff.

In the process, Loman begins to lose his ability to distinguish between the present and his memories of the past. Loman is certainly one of the most significant roles in the history of American theater.

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