Library and Lyric Arts present joint program

Anoka County Library, in partnership with the Lyric Arts Theater, is offering a Page and Stage performance of “Death of a Salesman” Sunday, April 14, noon, at the Lyric Arts Main Street Stage.

Participants will receive a copy of the script and a study guide to prepare for the pre-show discussion.

Cristopher Tibbetts will facilitate the discussion of the script, its characters and what to look for in the performance.

Participants will see the performance of “Death of a Salesman” and then stay for a post-show discussion where the cast and director hold a question and answer session with the audience.

“This work was written more than 60 years ago, but we can all learn lessons from the hardships and resulting lessons learned by Willy Loman,” said Anoka County Commissioner Robyn West.

“This Page and Stage event is an opportunity to get an even greater understanding of these complex characters.”

In “Death of a Salesman,” written by Arthur Miller, Willy Loman is an aging salesman who cannot understand how he failed to win success and happiness.

Through a series of tragic soul-searching revelations of the life he has lived with his wife, his sons and his business associates, the audience discovers how his quest for the “American Dream” kept him blind to the people who truly loved him.

In 1949 the play received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play.

“Have you ever wondered why something is considered a classic?” said Anoka County Library Board President Bob Thistle.

“By reading the script and discussing your thoughts, you will discover why this play has endured and why the themes still speak to us.”

The program is open to ages 15 and older. Registration is required and seating is limited.

To reserve a spot, contact the Main Street Box Office at 763-433-2510 extension 101 and mention the Anoka County Library “Death of a Salesman” Page and Stage program.

Participants must register by April 5 and are expected to take part in all aspects of the program, including pre-show and post-show discussions.

Lyric Arts Theater is located at 420 E. Main St., Anoka.

This event is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

For more information about Lyric Arts Theater, visit For more information about this program and Anoka County Library, visit

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