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MOUNT VERNON - MTVarts announces its Classics Series production of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman," directed by Ian Fraser Ernsberger, happening Friday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 2, at 2 and 7:30 p.m., at Knox County's Memorial Theatre. A preview performance for central Ohio high school students will be held May 1, at 8:45 a.m.

Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play, "Death of a Salesman" is a work of tremendous emotional impact and an unflinching examination of the American Dream that is as relevant today as the day it was written. After a lifetime as a traveling salesman, Willy Loman finds himself at the end of his career and at the end of his rope. As dreams of the past collide with visions of what might have been, Willy’s wife and sons wage a desperate struggle to engage him in the present.The MTVarts acclaimed Classics Series continues with one of the greatest achievements of the 20th century.

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Death of a Salesman scene - submitted photo

“It is my hope with 'Death of a Salesman' that the audience will walk away with a discussion of who they believe Willy truly is: a tragic hero, a loving but stern father and husband,” according to director Ernsberger. “I tell my cast that it's not how Willy interacts with you, it’s what impact he has on you. They discover just how there might be an aspect of Willy Loman in all of us.”

Carrie Haver, producer, explained, "More than 500 students attend the Classics Series each year. The students exposed to the performances experience literature brought to life. They are also able to speak with the actors and directors in a talk-back session following the performance for schools, giving them in-depth insight into the piece of work."

The 12-cast ensemble consists of Bruce Jacklin (Willy Loman),Kathy Sturm (Linda), AaronMoreland (Biff), Michael Andrews (Happy), Steven Stone (Uncle Ben) Richard McKinley (Charley), Andrew Duffy (Bernard), Kate Redfield-Ernsberger(The Woman), Steve Jefferson (Stanley), Carrie Haver (Jenny), Lauren Barlow (Letta), Katie Porter(Miss Forsythe) and Steve Herbst (Howard Wagner).

The creative team features Megan Evans(Costume Design), Scott Swingle (Lighting Design), Emily Balaz (Sound Operator), Bonnie Pickett (Stage Manager) and Steve Herbst (Set Construction).

Tickets can be purchased online at or at First-Knox National Bank. Tickets are also available at the door.Schools interested in reserving space for the free performance for schools on Friday morning, May 1, please call 740-398-6603.


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