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Death of a Salesman [Biff]
Short Order Theatre Company

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  • Death of a Salesman [Biff]
  • Short Order Theatre Company
  • Non-Union Theater
  • Theater or Stage
  • Non-Union; Other Union
  • Seattle, WA
  • Project Begins: Aug 14, 2018
  • Project Ends: Mar 3, 2019


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  • Contact Person: Dustin Trabert
  • Primary Phone: (440)840-1061
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  • Prefered method of submission: Email

    Audition Location:
    Seattle Center
    TPS Armory, Floor 4
    Studio E

    Submission instructions:
    Sign up for a time slot here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e49a5a722a5f85-death1

Death of a Salesman explores the final days of Willy Loman as his unravelling mental state affects him, his family, his friends, and his employers. It also concerns substantially the troubles of his older son Biff, a former football star on whom Willy had pinned many of his hopes and dreams.

We intend to treat this American classic as a vital work with contemporary relevance. We won’t ignore past interpretations, but we’ll be using any accounts of past productions or critical writings on the play as additional voices to help us get at the core of the play, to treat it not as a museum piece but as a vital work of drama deeply relevant to our own time. The text itself will remain as Arthur Miller wrote it, 70 years prior to our production. We’re going to take the remainder of 2018 to dig into this play (expect 2-3 rehearsal sessions a month through December) and begin a full-scale process of blocking and rehearsing in January.

Production will be February 14 through March 3, 2019 at the Slate Theatre in Seattle.

 

Other details:
If you are not available for an audition slot on August 11, please email with your interest and we'll find an alternate time.

 

Character Breakdown / Project Needs
Biff Loman (age 34, also appears as he was at 18. Any race): A former golden boy, Biff was a continual source of joy to his father Willy until the revelation of Willy's having an affair opened up a great rift between them. Biff's hero worship has been replaced with a resentment of his father and an alienation from the values of the culture at large. Biff, who spent over a decade working on ranches and elsewhere in the West, wants to be free from the success-driven demands of American life, but also channels an ingrained acquisitiveness into a self-defeating kleptomaniac streak. While Biff has his own illusions, he is strong-minded and self-aware enough of his own shortcomings and failings to attempt to break past them in favor of a better way of life.

Short Order Theatre Company is committed to color conscious casting and strongly encourages actors of color to audition for this role.

Audition/Interview Dates:
Saturday, August 11, 3 PM to 6 PM

Audition Requirements:
We want to see how you do with a few scenes of the play; at the link are 4 sides, ordered both in the order they appear in the play and the order we'll want to see them from you. We'll definitely want to see Side 1 and 2 from each of you, so you might want to spend the most time with those. We'll move on to Side 3 and Side 4 as needed.

Memorization is not necessary or expected.

Sides/Script download:
www.dropbox.com/s/doue2htlxmc9srd/BiffSides.pdf?dl=0

Monetary compensation:
Each performer will receive an equal share of profits from the project.

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