ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY
Presents the Third Show of Its 40th Anniversary Season!
An American Classic, featuring original live music…
Written by Arthur Miller
Directed by Joseph Hanreddy
Limited Engagement Begins Thursday, February 7
at The New Vic in Santa Barbara!
The Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play is a haunting and moving portrait of a man whose belief in, and pursuit of, the American dream ends in tatters.
“In celebrating our 40th anniversary season, we're honored to have founding artistic director Joseph Hanreddy back to direct one of the most influential plays of all time,” commented ETC's Artistic Director Jonathan Fox. “I am excited that Joseph is looking at the play in a new way that will feature original music with live musicians on stage. This is a dream cast and creative team and promises to be one of the most powerful productions of our historic season.”
"The story of Willy Loman and his fractured family is riveting and heartrending while illuminating contradictions in the American Dream that have divided the country from our beginnings to today,” remarked Hanreddy. "Our goal for the production at Ensemble Theater is to faithfully capture the heart, clarity and penetrating insight of Miller's masterwork, while breathing new theatrical life into the original staging through the use of a variety of theatrical elements, including live music.”
ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM AND CAST
ARTHUR MILLER (Playwright) (1915-2005) is one of the most influential American playwrights. His notable plays include All My Sons (1947), Death of a Salesman (1949), The Crucible (1953), A View from the Bridge, A Memory of Two Mondays (1955), After the Fall (1963), Incident at Vichy (1964), The Price (1968), The Creation of the World and Other Business (1972) and The American Clock (1980). He twice won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, and in 1949 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Miller was the recipient of the National Book Foundation's 2001 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the Prince of Asturias Award for Letters in 2002, and the Jerusalem Prize in 2003.
JOSEPH HANREDDY (Director) co-founded and led the Ensemble Theatre Company in Santa Barbara for its first seven years. At Ensemble, after a couple of seasons performing in the parish hall at Trinity Episcopal Church, Joe, along with many friends, renovated the Alhecama Theater and laid the groundwork for the magnificent theater that ETC has become under Jonathan Fox's leadership. He then served as the Artistic Director of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater for seventeen years where, in addition to producing the work of many of America's preeminent theater artists, he directed, wrote for and occasionally acted in productions on the company's three stages. In addition to his professional work, Joe has taught in the graduate theater programs at Northwestern University and the University of Wisconsin.
BARRY G. FUNDERBURG (Composer/Sound Designer/Music Director) is a Chicagoland-based composer and designer, and is thrilled to be making his ETC debut by writing original music performed live on stage for this production. Off-Broadway, Barry designed the New York premiere of Wittenberg at The Pearl Theatre Company. Chicago credits include Eric Simonson's productions of Fake, Carter's Way, and Mother Courage and Her Children at Steppenwolf. Regional theater credits include, seventy-eight productions at Milwaukee Repertory Theater, thirty-four productions at Utah Shakespeare Festival, as well as Alley Theatre, Kansas City Rep, Arizona Theatre Company and Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Barry has received two Chicago Equity Jeff Awards, a St. Louis Theater Circle Award.
The Cast of DEATH OF A SALESMAN stars HENRY WORONICZ as Willy Loman. An actor, director, producer and teacher for nearly 40 years, Mr. Woronicz has appeared on Broadway in Julius Caesar starring Denzel Washington and also performed for eleven seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as a resident actor and director. Additionally, he has directed at many of the nation's top regional theatres and has appeared in such films as Primary Colors and Living Out Loud, and on television in such shows as ¬-Seinfeld, Ally McBeal and Cheers. Los Angeles theater favorite and Ovation Award winner GIGI BERMINGHAM plays Linda. She thrilled audiences with her portrayal of Maria Callas in Master Class at ICT as well as more recently Native Son at the Kirk Douglas. TREVOR PETERSON, who appeared in Dead End at the Ahmanson as well as Pocatello and A Bright New Boise at Rogue Machine, will play Biff. ALEX NEE plays Willy's other son, Happy. He most recently played Lt. Cable in South Pacific at the Rubicon in Ventura and is garnering awards attention for his provocative Emcee in Cabaret at Celebration last year. JOHN P. CONNOLLY will play Charley, Willy Loman's friend and neighbor. He has appeared on Broadway as Pap Finn in Big River, as well as locally playing Winston Churchill in Only a Kingdom at the Pasadena Playhouse. PAUL SANDBERG will play Uncle Ben and has performed for four seasons at Utah Shakespeare. Santa Barbara-based actor MICHAEL BERNARD spent ten years as Associate Artistic Director for The 52nd Street Project will play the roles of Howard and Stanley. Actor-Musicians include clarinetist SERGI ROBLES, who starred in Mid Century Moderns at The Purple Room as well as Evita at New London Barn and who will play Bernard. Clarinetist, Flutist and saxophonist SARAH SAVIANO, who will play the roles of Letta and The Woman, was a part of the National Tour of Angels in America. Cellist JENN CHANDLER, who rounds out the cast as Miss Forsythe and Jenny, was in the cast of the National Tour of the musical Once.
Scenic design is by Se Hyun Oh. Lighting design is by Jean-Yves Tessier. Costume design is by Dianne K. Graebner. Properties design is by Ilana Molina. The Production Stage Manager is Abigail Strange.
DEATH OF A SALESMAN is made possible through the generosity of the 2018-19 Season Sponsor Leatrice Luria. Production sponsored by Dana White and Sara Miller McCune. Additional sponsorship provided by Elaine and Herbert Kendall, Chuck and Missy Sheldon, Peter and Debby Stalker and Theater League.
All preview tickets are $40. Regular adult ticket prices range from ¬¬$60 to $75 with discounts available for seniors. Student tickets are available for only $25 each, and tickets for patrons age 29-and-under are always just $40. Single tickets are available through the ETC box office at (805) 965-5400, or online at etcsb.org. For group sales information, please call (805) 965-5400. Prices subject to change.