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Steven Culp in "Death Of A Salesman"

March 16 - March 20, 2011

Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA



Presented as part of "The Play's The Thing" radio series
by L.A. Theatre Works
Produced by Susan Albert Loewenberg


Playwright by Arthur Miller
Directed by Eric Simonson



Biff Loman - Steven Culp
Willy Loman - Stacy Keach
Linda Loman - Jane Kaczmarek
Happy Loman - John Sloan
Uncle Ben - Tim Monsion
Charley - Sam McMurray
Miss Forsythe - Kate Steele
Howard - Kenneth Alan Williams
The Woman - Kathryn Meisle
Letta and Jenny - Maureen Flannigan
Bernard and Stanley - Jason Henning



"The Play's The Thing" is a live in-performance radio theatre series in Los Angeles.

Performances of "The Play's The Thing" are performed - without sets or costumes - and recorded live for later broadcast on public radio stations across the country.

Acclaimed as a "national treasure", L.A. Theatre Works features top actors up close and personal along with state of the sound and live Foley sound effects, transporting you to other worlds by sheer talent and your own imagination!



Synopsis:

The tragedy of a typical American - a salesman who at the age of sixty-three is faced with what he cannot face: defeat and disillusionment. Death of a Salesman is considered by many to be both the playwright's masterpiece and a cornerstone of contemporary American drama. Miller's work is revered for its bold realism and riveting theatricality, a play that deals in weighty emotional issues without descending to melodrama.



Photos taken during the tech rehearsal for the L.A. Theatre Works radio production
of 'Death of a Salesman' on March 16, 2011
Photos (c) Brian Cahn/ZUMA Press/Corbis
Stacy Keach and Steven Culp
Stacy Keach, Steven Culp and John Sloan John Sloan, Jane Kaczmarek, Stacy Keach,
Tim Monsion and Steven Culp
  
Jason Henning, Stacy Keach, Steven Culp
and John Sloan
John Sloan, Steven Culp



(November 28, 2011, audiobook-heaven.com, by Stormcrow)

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller (Audiobook Review)

Death of a Salesman
by Arthur Miller

A Dramatic Performance by L A Theatre Works

Duration: 2 hours, 16 minutes
Genres: classic fiction, radio production
Copyright: 2011, L A Theatre Works
Filed in: Audiobook Reviews
Review copy provided by L A Theatre Works.

PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: Stacy Keach and Jane Kaczmarek star in this 1949 masterpiece by Arthur Miller, a searing portrait of the physical, emotional, and psychological costs of the American dream. Willy Loman (Keach) is the play's iconic traveling salesman, whose family is torn apart by his desperate obsession with greatness and social acceptance. As his two sons cast about aimlessly for their station in life, Willy begins to come unraveled when the reality of his life threatens his long-cherished illusions.
Copyright 2011, L.A. Theatre Works.

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: For forty years, Willy Loman was a traveling salesman. All his life, he had dreams of being somebody important; someone that everybody liked and respected. As his two boys, Biff and Happy, were growing up, he tried his best to inspire them to greatness. But somewhere along the line, it all went wrong.

After forty years on the road, Willy finds that he is not respected at all. Rather, people see him as a foolish old man. The dreams that Willy had for Biff and Happy never came true either, neither of them able to climb out of their low-echelon jobs. Willy wanted the American dream, and at the age of 60 it mystifies him to think how it never worked out, while others seem to come by it so easily.

When I was in high school, we read Death of a Salesman and watched the video too, but I didn't get it. How could a teenager who knows nothing about the world be expected to understand the struggles and frustration of the middle-class working man? Now that I am a bit older, I understand it perfectly well, and listening to the play again nearly brought me to tears. Trying to live up to his own high expectations broke Willy Loman, and as his sons tried to live up to Willy's expectations, they broke as well. This is a very disturbing look at the darker side of the American dream.

Death of a Salesman is a full cast audio production, complete with music and sound effects, and I have to say L.A. Theatre Works did a masterful job. The voices in Willy's head, and the flashback scenes, are layered in beautifully. L.A. Theatre Works has come up with a certain way of doing that so you can always tell when reality begins to slip away from Willy a bit. Stacy Keach and Jane Kaczmarek gave incredibly powerful and moving performances in the lead roles, and the rest of the cast was excellent as well. It's probably a good thing the running time is only 2 hours, because once I started, I just couldn't put it down.

I admit that I was reluctant to review this title. Live theatre has never really been my thing. I'm very glad that I finally did it, though, because I enjoyed it very much. It's like I always say, if you never read outside your favorite genre, you're going to miss out on some really great stuff. Trond, thanks for insisting.

FULL CAST:
Stacy Keach as Willie Loman
Jane Kaczmarek as Linda Loman
Steven Culp as Biff Loman
John Sloan as Happy Loman
Sam McMurray as Charlie
Tim Monsion as Uncle Ben
Jason Henning as Bernard and Stanley
Kenneth Alan Williams as Howard
Kate Steele as Miss Forsythe
Maureen Flannigan as Letta and Jenny
Kathryn Meisle as The Woman

(September 25, 2011, latw.org)

According to the L.A. Theatre Works website, Steven's latest radion play "Death of a Salesman" will be broadcast as an abridged version on Oct 1, 2011 at 6 pm PT.

"Death of a Salesman" by Arthur Miller. Starring Stacy Keach and Jane Kaczmarek, and Steven Culp.

(September 24, 2011, latw.org)

About the play:

Stacy Keach and Jane Kaczmarek star in this 1949 masterpiece by Arthur Miller, a searing portrait of the physical, emotional, and psychological costs of the American dream. Willy Loman (Keach) is the play's iconic traveling salesman, whose family is torn apart by his desperate obsession with greatness and social acceptance. As his two sons cast about aimlessly for their station in life, Willy begins to come unraveled when the reality of his life threatens his long-cherished illusions.

Cast:

Stacy Keach as Willy Loman
Jane Kaczmarek as Linda Loman
Steven Culp as Biff Loman
Maureen Flannigan as Letta and Jenny
Jason Henning as Bernard and Stanley
Kathryn Meisle as The Woman
Tim Monsion as Uncle Ben
Sam McMurray as Charley
John Sloan as Happy Loman
Kate Steele as Miss Forsythe
Kenneth Alan Williams as Howard

Avaliable on: CD, Download, Playaway
List Price for CD: US $25.95
2 CDs
136 minutes
Unabridged


Audio Theatre Collection
L.A Theatre Works
681 Venice Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

Phone: 310 827 0808 ext 224
Fax: 310 827 4949
Email: audiosales@latw.org

(September 23, 2011, theatermania, by Andy Propst)

LATW's Death of a Salesman, with Steven Culp, Jane Kaczmarek, Stacy Keach, et al., Released on CD

L.A. Theatre Works' presentation of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman has been released on a two CD-set.

Arthur Miller's Pulitzer Prize-winning play concerns a veteran salesman haunted by missed opportunities and a troubled past, whose life begins to unravel as he starts to lose faith in the two things he believes in: his family and his dreams.

The company features Stacy Keach (Willy Loman), Jane Kaczmarek (Linda Loman), Steven Culp (Biff Loman), John Sloan (Happy Loman), Maureen Flannigan (Letta/Jenny), Jason Henning (Bernard/Stanley), Sam McMurray (Charley), Kathryn Meisle (The Woman), Tim Monsion (Uncle Ben), Kate Steele (Miss Forsythe), and Kenneth Alan Williams (Howard).

(September 8, 2011)

Steven's last two radio plays are available to download for a limited periode of time:

* "Dr. Cerberus" as MP3 files for $4.95 on LearnOutLoud.com and also for $4.95 on Audible.com.

* "Death of a Salesman" for $3.95 on iTunes. It will be available as MP3 files on LearnOutLoud.com soon.

(July 11, 2011, www.latw.org)

L.A. Theatre Works announced that Steven's latest radio play "Death of a Salesman" will be released on CD on August 15, 2011.

The CDs can be pre-ordered at Amazon.com, Amazon.de, Amazon.ca, and Amazon.fr.



Dates and times: March 16, 2011 @ 8:00 pm
March 17, 2011 @ 8:00 pm
March 18, 2011 @ 8:00 pm
March 19, 2011 @ 2:30 pm
March 20, 2011 @ 4:00 pm


(March 16, 2011, playbill.com, by Adam Hetrick)

Stacey Keach and Jane Kaczmarek Confront Death of a Salesman, Starting March 16 in LA

Golden Globe Award winner Stacey Keach takes on the role of Willy Loman in the L.A. Theatre Works production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, which begins performances March 16.

Lombardi playwright Eric Simonson directs the production that will run through March 20 at the Skirball Cultural Center.

Keach, who recently starred in Jon Robin Baitz's latest play, Other Desert Cities, at Lincoln Center Theater, is joined by Jane Kaczmarek ("Malcolm in the Middle") as Linda, Steven Culp ("Desperate Housewives") as Biff and John Sloan (King Lear) as Happy.

The cast also features Maureen Flannigan, Jason Henning, Sam McMurray, Kathryn Meisle, Tim Monsion, Kate Steele and Kenneth Williams.

Simonson, a Steppenwolf Theatre Company member, is currently represented on Broadway with the football-centered play Lombardi. It was announced Feb. 17 that Magic/Bird, his account of the relationship between basketball players Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, will arrive on Broadway in 2012.

All productions are recorded and broadcast on LATW's nationally syndicated radio theatre series, "The Play's the Thing."

For tickets to any of "The Play's the Thing" productions at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Boulevard, call the L.A. Theatre Works box office at (310) 827-0889.

For more information visit latw.org.

(March 9, 2011, losangeles.broadwayworld.com, by BWW News Desk)

Stacy Keach, Jane Kaczmarek Lead L.A. Theatre Works' DEATH OF A SALESMAN

Casting is complete for L.A. Theatre Works' upcoming recording of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Eric Simonson. Stacy Keach heads the cast as Willy Loman, with Jane Kaczmarek as Linda Loman; Steven Culp as Biff Loman; and John Sloan as Happy Loman. Also in the cast are Maureen Flannigan, Jason Henning, Sam McMurray, Kathryn Meisle, Tim Monsion,; Kate Steele and Kenneth Williams. Five performances will be recorded March 16-20 at the Skirball Cultural Center for future radio broadcast; L.A. Theatre Works' nationally syndicated radio theater series airs locally in Southern California on KPCC 89.3 every Saturday from 10 pm - midnight and can be streamed on demand at www.latw.org.

Employing stark realism, expressionism and archetypal characters with compassionate simplicity, Death of a Salesman remains one of American drama's most riveting and timeless works. Miller's devastating social commentary explores the pursuit of success and failure in the ever-shifting ideals of the American landscape. Willy Loman loses his tenuous grasp on reality as he struggles to achieve the noble dream of owning his home, suffering the terrible consequences of chasing after an illusion at the expense of his family and ultimately, himself.

An instant critical success, Death of a Salesman opened in 1949 on Broadway's Morosco Theatre under the direction of Elia Kazan. Considered one of Arthur Miller's finest plays, it is a perennial favorite among theatergoers. The tragic figure of Willy Loman still looms large in the American consciousness, touching on the frailty and indomitable spirit of the human condition. As the shadow of Willy Loman continues to fall on stages worldwide, Death of a Salesman endures as a National Treasure for one lowly man to whom "attention must be paid."

Death of a Salesman is the ninth Arthur Miller title to be recorded and preserved in the L.A. Theatre Works archive. [...] In addition to radio broadcasts, the recordings are available for purchase on CD at www.latw.org and digitally on itunes.

(March 9, 2011, playbill.com, by Adam Hetrick)

Steven Culp and John Sloan to Join Stacey Keach and Jane Kaczmarek for Death of a Salesman in L.A.

Steven Culp and John Sloan have joined the L.A. Theatre Works production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, starring Golden Globe Award winner Stacey Keach.

Culp ("Desperate Housewives") will play Biff, with Sloan (King Lear) as Happy. The cast will also feature Maureen Flannigan, Jason Henning, Sam McMurray, Kathryn Meisle, Tim Monsion, Kate Steele and Kenneth Williams.

As previously reported, Keach, who recently starred in Jon Robin Baitz's latest play, Other Desert Cities, at Lincoln Center Theater, will step into the role of Willy Loman opposite Jane Kaczmarek ("Malcolm in the Middle") as Linda.

Eric Simonson will direct the production that will run March 16-20 at the Skirball Cultural Center.

[...]

All productions are recorded and broadcast on LATW's nationally syndicated radio theatre series, "The Play's the Thing."

For tickets to any of "The Play's the Thing" productions at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Boulevard, call the L.A. Theatre Works box office at (310) 827-0889.

For further information visit latw.org.

(March 9, 2011, theatermania.com, by Andy Propst)

Steven Culp, Jane Kaczmarek, Stacy Keach, et al. Set for LATW's Death of a Salesman

Complete casting has been announced for L.A. Theatre Works' presentation of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, to perform at the Skirball Cultural Center March 16-20. Eric Simonson will direct the performances.

Arthur Miller's Pulitzer Prize-winning play concerns a veteran salesman haunted by missed opportunities and a troubled past, whose life begins to unravel as he starts to lose faith in the two things he believes in: his family and his dreams.

Along with the previously announced Stacy Keach (Willy Loman) and Jane Kaczmarek (Linda Loman), the company will feature Steven Culp (Biff Loman) and John Sloan (Happy Loman), along with Maureen Flannigan, Jason Henning, Sam McMurray, Kathryn Meisle, Tim Monsion, Kate Steele, and Kenneth Williams.

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