Season of American Plays opens with Miller classic |

Season of American Plays opens with Miller classic

Staff ReportGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Thunder River Theatre Company Founding Artistic Director Lon Winston, left, portrays Willy Loman, and Cara Daniel is his Loman's wife, Lilly, in the TRTC production of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman," opening this weekend at the TRT in Carbondale. (John Stroud photo)

CARBONDALE – Thunder River Theatre Company presents one of the most significant productions in its 12-year history, Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman,” as part of its 2006-07 Season of American Plays.Opening night is today, and the play continues Saturday and Sunday and Feb. 23-25 and March 2-3. All performances are at 7:30 p.m., except the two Sunday dates at 2 p.m. TRTC’s theater is located in downtown Carbondale, at 67 Promenade.Miller’s brilliant and seminal play won the Pulitzer Prize, the Tony Award, Critics Circle Award and just about every performance award possible. It has been performed in more than 75 countries in 50 languages.Nearly every major regional theater in the country has produced this play. It has been taught in public schools, colleges and universities for more than 50 years.

“Death of a Salesman” is a thrilling work of deep and revealing beauty that remains one of the most profound classic dramas of the American theater,” according to a TRTC press release.The name Willy Loman, the central character, is one of the most recognized names in theater. The story of Willy’s life is the poignant, sometimes humorous, ultimately tragic story of a man steeped in the go-getter gospel who never got beyond his own daydream world.”The story of his downhill struggle is the heart-wrenching drama of wishful dreamers everywhere,” said Lon Winston, TRTC founding artistic director. “The play reads as absorbingly as it performs, and has taken a permanent place in our written literature.”Winston portrays Willy Loman and co-directs the play with associate artist Valerie Haugen. The play utilizes actors from all over the valley, including Aspen’s Cara Daniel as Willy’s wife, Linda; Patrick Murray and George Soukup as his sons Biff and Happy; Richard Lyon as brother Ben; and Michael Miller and Danny Pettit as Willy’s neighbor Charley and son Bernard.As part of TRTC’s Educational Outreach Program, the play is being made available to the students and teachers of the Roaring Fork Valley at a reduced ticket price of $6. This special price is available for either of the Sunday matinees. Winston and Haugen will conduct discussions for teachers and students immediately following the performance on those days.

Regular ticket prices range from $8-$10 for students and $15-$20 for adults, depending on the night of attendance. Theater-goers and valley teachers are encouraged to make reservations early to secure a seat. For tickets or further information, call 963-8200 or visit online at

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