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March 6, 2007

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‘DEATH OF A SALESMAN’ PERFORMED WITH ORIGINAL, LIVE SCORE IN UH PRODUCTION

Arthur Miller’s classic play “Death of a Salesman” soon will have a dramatic new stage presence and an entirely new sound when it is performed at the University of Houston’s Lyndall Finley Wortham Theatre.

The UH School of Theatre, in collaboration with the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at UH, will recreate Miller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, while adding an original music score that will be performed live on stage. This production will debut at 8 p.m., March 30 in UH’s Wortham Theatre. Other performance dates are March 31 and April 1, 6 and 7.

Sidney Berger, director of the UH School of Theatre, is directing the play, and Marcus K. Maroney, director of UH’s AURA Contemporary Ensemble for the 2006 – 2007 season, composed the score.

“There’s a way of doing this play that has not been touched on until now,” Berger said. “Most people tend to replicate earlier versions of this production and focus on the realism, and this play is about anything but realism.”

“Death of a Salesman” follows the tragic story of Willy Loman (played by Equity guest artist J.T. Waite), whose failed quest for the American Dream has alienated him from friends and family and distorted his view of reality.

“The music will bring out what’s going on in this character’s head,” Maroney said. “Having a score performed live on stage will make his thoughts more vivid and more tangible for the audience members. It brings to life the play’s surreal qualities without ever seeming like incidental background music.”

Musicians performing during “Death of a Salesman” will include conductor and celesta player Maroney, flutist Melanie Lancon, bassoonist Michael Muna, harpist Sadie Turner and double bassist Scott Dixon.

Tickets for this event are $15, $12 for UH faculty and staff, $10 for seniors and $7 for students. For reservations or additional information, contact 713-743-2929.

WHAT: “Death of a Salesman”
WHEN: 8 p.m., March 30 – March 31, April 6 – 7; 2 p.m., April 1
WHERE: Lyndall Finley Wortham Theatre
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts building
University of Houston - Entrance 16
Houston, TX 77204-4016
WHO: UH School of Theatre, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at UH

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