Online: Theater Talks: Death of a Salesman

Date and Time
Monday, October 3, 2022, 7 - 8 PM
End times are approximate. Events may end early or late.


Fully accessible to wheelchairs
Free Event
Event Details

Actors Sharon D. Clarke and Wendell Pierce are onstage. Piece is standing behind Clarke with his hand holding her waist on the left and her hand on the right side.

Join a conversation with the actors and director of the Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman with The New York Times's cultural critic Salamishah Tillet.

About This Event  | IN-PERSON and ONLINE
In a co-presentation with 92NY's Unterberg Poetry Center, join the stars of the Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s Death of a SalesmanWendell Pierce (Willy Loman), Sharon D. Clarke (Linda Loman) and André De Shields (Ben Loman)—as they discuss the play’s legacy and their new production alongside its director Miranda Cromwell. “So many of the elements of the play are fundamentally questioning of the American dream, and when you put that through the perspective of the Black experience, that enriches it,” said Cromwell. “The obstacles are harder, the stakes become higher.”

SALAMISHAH TILLET is the Henry Rutgers Professor of African American and African Studies and Creative Writing at Rutgers University-Newark and and the director of the New Arts Justice, an art and activist initiative at Express Newark. A scholar, writer, and activist, Tillet was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2022 for her work as a contributing critic at large for The New York Times where she has been writing since 2015.

Header image: Death of a Salesman London production photo. Sharon D Clarke and Wendell Pierce. London Production Photo by Brinkhoff Moegenburg.

LEARN MOREArthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, previews begin September 17

92NY's Unterberg Poetry Center




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