Lyric Arts to stage Pulitzer Prize-winning ‘Death of a Salesman’

Lyric Arts brings another all-time classic American drama to the stage in its newest production of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.”

Warren Sampson, left, is Willy Loman and Ty Hudson is Biff Loman in Lyric Arts production of “Death of a Salesman.” The show opens this weekend and runs through April 21. Photo courtesy of Christy Bruin

Warren Sampson, left, is Willy Loman and Ty Hudson is Biff Loman in Lyric Arts production of “Death of a Salesman.” The show opens this weekend and runs through April 21. Photo courtesy of Christy Bruin

The show takes the audience on a journey of love, loss and aftermath of the American Dream.

“…I personally believe it’s the single greatest play written in the past 100 years,” said director Bob Neu.

The play has won both the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play in 1949.

“This is an amazing cast of actors, who turn in extraordinary and moving performances,” said Laura Tahja Johnson, Lyric Arts managing artistic director.

The story follows the trials of Willy Loman, an aging salesman, deluged in financial hardship and regret.

“It is a story of growing up, of watching your children grow up, of watching your parents age and of coming to grips with your own mortality,” Tahja Johnson said in an email to ABC Newspapers. “It’s also a story about the grand dreams we have for our lives and how difficult it can be when the reality turns out to be not quite as grand.”

Neu, who directed “Almost, Maine” and, more recently, “Becky’s New Car” is one of two resident directors at Lyric Arts.

“This is an extremely demanding play for everyone involved, but I wholeheartedly believe we are up for the challenge and I look forward to telling the story that remains so relevant in today’s society,” Neu said.

Lyric Arts Main Street Stage presents “Death of a Salesman,” directed by Robert Neu. April 5-21. $12-$22. 420 East Main St., Anoka. For more information, visit www.lyricarts.org or call the box office at 763-422-1838.

Elyse Kaner is at elyse.kaner@ecm-inc.com

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