Death of a Salesman, With "Walking Dead" Star Jeffrey DeMunn, Opens at Old Globe

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Tony Award nominee Jeffrey DeMunn, freshly noticed for his elder-survivor role in the hot TV series "The Walking Dead," plays Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of Salesman, opening Jan. 27 following previews from Jan. 22 at The Old Globe in San Diego, CA.

Jonathan Spivey (background) and Jeffrey DeMunn
Jonathan Spivey (background) and Jeffrey DeMunn Photo by Henry DiRocco

DeMunn is no stranger to Miller. He appeared in Broadway's The Price, and played Willy in a separate run of Salesman at Dallas Theater Center. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in the drama K2. He has also appeared on Broadway in Our Town, Bent, Spoils of War and Sleight of Hand. At The Public Theater, he was in Stuff Happens, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, A Midsummer Night's Dream and A Prayer for My Daughter (Drama Desk nomination). Read Playbill.com's current Stage to Screens interview with DeMunn, who talks about Willy Loman, "The Walking Dead" and his work with film and TV writer-director Frank Darabont.

Director Pam MacKinnon's cast for the staging (through Feb. 27) also includes Jordan Baker (The Woman), Ben Diskant (Bernard), Jesse Jensen (Stanley), Robin Moseley (Linda), Tyler Pierce (Happy), John Procaccino (Charley), Deborah Radloff (Jenny, Letta), Lucas Caleb Rooney (Biff), Ryman Sneed (Miss Forsythe), Adrian Sparks (Uncle Ben) and Jonathan Spivey (Howard Wagner, 2nd Waiter).

Performances of the 1949 drama about a man's weakening grasp on the American Dream play Old Globe's Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre.

Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play, Death of a Salesman is billed this way by The Old Globe: "After a lifetime as a traveling salesman, Willy Loman finds himself at the end of his career and at the end of his rope. As dreams of the past collide with visions of what might have been, Willy's wife and sons wage a desperate struggle to engage him in the present."

The creative team features Marion Williams (scenic design), Mathew LeFebvre (costume design), Rui Rita (lighting design), Jeremy J. Lee (sound design) and Lavinia Henley (stage manager). Director MacKinnon is an Obie and Lilly Award-winning New York-based director. Her most recent productions include premieres of Bruce Norris' Clybourne Park (Playwrights Horizons), Rachel Axler's Smudge (Women's Project) and Cusi Cram's A Lifetime Burning (Primary Stages). She is a longtime interpreter of the plays of Edward Albee, having directed A Delicate Balance (Arena Stage), The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? (Alley Theatre and The Vienna Theatre Company) and The Play About the Baby (Philadelphia Theatre Company and Goodman Theatre), as well as premieres of At Home at the Zoo (formerly called Peter and Jerry at Hartford Stage and Second Stage Theatre), Occupant (Signature Theatre Company) and this season's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Arena Stage).

DeMunn is a favorite of film and TV writer/producer/director Frank Darabont, who cast him in "The Shawshank Redemption," "The Green Mile," "The Majestic" and "Stephen King's The Mist," "The Blob" and "The Walking Dead."

DeMunn was Emmy Award-nominated for playing Andrei Chikatilo in "Citizen X."

Death of a Salesman tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

Lucas Caleb Rooney, Tyler Pierce and Jeffrey DeMunn
Lucas Caleb Rooney, Tyler Pierce and Jeffrey DeMunn
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