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Steven Culp in "Death Of A Salesman"

July 9, 1998 and July 12, 1998

Interact Theatre Company, Los Angeles, CA



Presented during the InterACTivity '98 -
The Fifth Annual Festival of the Interact Theatre Company
June 12 - July 12, 1998

14 sponsored projects combined for 13 separate programs, 26 performances
Staged readings & performances of various projects sponsored by the membership and from the Play Development Lab.
75 actors and directors participated, and the works of 19 writers were represented.

Playwright by Arthur Miller
Directed by Anita Khanzadian



Sponsored by Eddie Jones


Willy Loman - Eddie Jones
Linda - Carol Mayo Jenkins
Happy Loman - Steven Culp
Biff - Don Fischer
Bernard - Steven Hack
Charley - Steven Gilborn
Uncle Ben - Louis Turenne
Howard Wagner - Doug Ballard
Jenny - Sione Owen
Stanley - James Gleason
Miss Forsythe - Mary Jo Mecca
Letta - Sione Owen






Happy Loman:

Willy's youngest son. Happy was often ignored by his parents while growing up. Growing up in Biff's shadow, Happy was always vying for Willy's attention, but never really got it. As an adult, Willy and Linda seem to brush him off in much the same way they did when he was younger. Although Hap grows up to become more financially successful than his older brother, his father still focuses his attention only on Biff. Hap is a salesman who seduces the fiancees of store executives and takes bribes from manufacturers. He has his own apartment, car, and plenty of women, and yet he is still unhappy. He insists on fighting his way through the business world as a way to honor Willy, even though he may never go further than his current position as an assistant's assistant.

Synopsis:

Biff returns from the west to visit his family although he doesn't know how long he's going to stay. Happy is glad to see him, but Willy seems strangely irritated. He talks to old friends he imagines to the chagrin of his family, but no one has the heart to confront him about it. Willy has a flashback of a time when Biff and Happy were promising high school students. In the flashback, Willy gives his sons a punching bag. He also condones Biff's stealing of a football and doesn't encourage them to study as much as they should. He emphasizes being well liked. After the flashback, Happy talks with Willy and asks him why he didn't go to New England for his business trip. Willy explains that he almost hit a kid in Yonkers. He also tells his sons of his brother Ben who made a fortune on a trip to Africa.

Charley comes to Willy's house at night complaining of not being able to sleep. Charley and Willy play cards, but at the same time, Willy hold a conversation with his imaginary brother. Charley has no idea what's going on and leaves. Willy continues the conversation regretting that he stayed in American while he could have gone to Alaska or Africa with his brother and made a fortune. While Willy is having this imaginary conversation, Biff talks with Linda and asks her about Willy's condition. Linda explains that she can't bring herself to confront Willy about it. She also tells Biff that Willy has attempted suicide by crashing the car several times. Willy comes out of his reverie and speaks with his family about their jobs. Happy has an idea of starting a line of sporting goods so Biff decides to go to Bill Oliver to ask to borrow money. Willy decides to go to Howard the next day to ask if he can work in New York so that he wouldn't have to drive 700 miles to work. The next day Willy goes to Howard and Biff goes to see Oliver. They decide to celebrate their success by going out for dinner at night. When Willy talks with Howard, he loses his temper and begins yelling at Howard who in turn fires him. After Biff goes to see Bill, Bill doesn't remember him and doesn't lend him money. At night, Biff and Happy arrive at the restaurant before their father. Biff explains to happy that he didn't get the money, and happy encourages his brother to lie. Willy arrives. Biff tries to tell Willy that he didn't get the money and that he stole a fountain pen from Bill. However, Happy is at the same time lying to Willy that Bill warmly welcomed Biff. Willy apparently accepts Happy's version. Willy tells his sons that he was fired and falls into his reverie having a flashback of the time Biff caught him in his affair. He remembers that it was that moment that Biff's life ended. Happy does not want to put up with his father and leaves with Biff and two girls they met earlier at the restaurant. The two of them arrive home late and the coldly receives by Linda. Biff confronts Willy about his suicide attempts and Willy denies everything. He tells Biff that he did not get any money from Oliver and has no hope go get any money. He accuses Willy of not know who he really is. However, after this, Biff cries and leaves. Willy realizes that Biff loves him and decides to celebrate by killing himself by crashing the car which would give his family 20 thousand dollar in life insurance. No one but his family and Charley goes to his funeral.

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