A dramatic and important play has made its way to the stage at Richmond’s Firehouse theater – the Arthur Miller classic “Death of a Salesmen.”
“Death of a Salesmen” tells the story of Willy Loman, an aging traveling business man, and his troubled family. An iconic play that examines what family means, what exceptions we as people have, and what failure means to ourselves and our loved ones, DoaS is a story that stands the test of time.
And that’s one of the reasons Director Rusty Wilson wanted to do the play.
“It’s appropriate to tell the story right now.” Said Wilson, “Given the national dialogue and with the elections that have passed, and all the stuff the country is trying to deal with in terms of ‘what is our value system as a nation.’ I feel like it’s particularly relevant to our national conversation.”
Wilson, whose been directing in Richmond for 7 years, was excited to bring DoaS to Richmond, but recognized the challenges involved in producing it.
“It’s a big play – bigger than folks think.” Said Wilson. In addition to the 13 actors involved, he said the “size from the design standpoint, from an emotional content standpoint – it’s just a big play.”
The play also has several flashback scenes, and Wilson said switching between the past and present can be tricky to navigate. Though he is confident the people involved in the production have risen to the task. “We have really fabulous people in each of the roles – it’s a story told well by players that fit the parts.”
Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesmen” is running at Richmond’s Firehouse Theater – 1609 West Broad Street – from now until December 8th. BUY TICKETSor call (804) 355-2001.
And keep an eye out for our review of the production next week.