Watch André de Shields, Sharon D Clarke, More Explain DEATH OF A SALESMAN in 10 Seconds or Less

10 Seconds to Plot

André de Shields talks about Death of a Salesman| Photo: Theatrely

Brandon Schwartz
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September 17, 2022 9:00 AM

Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman is one of the most notable plays of the last century. It’s studied in theatre schools, performed in various languages all over (I once saw a production in Yiddish), and has already been staged on Broadway five separate times including its 1949 premiere!

So, when Theatrely met up with the cast and creatives of the play’s latest revival, we posed them a challenge to keep things interesting: distill the plot of this classic drama into 10 seconds or less. The show is now playing the Hudson Theatre, with previews starting today, September 17, and opening October 9.

The actors taking on the play’s central Loman family all gave it a shot, including our leading man and lady Wendell Pierce and Sharon D Clarke, their (characters’) sons Khris Davis and McKinley Belcher III, and Hadestown expat André de Shields, all joined by the revival’s director Miranda Cromwell.

Watch below to see this group regale you with 10 Seconds to Plot for Death of a Salesman!

This production of Death of a Salesman, noted for its casting of Black performers as its central family, previously ran in London’s West End, where it earned Cromwell and her co-director, Marianne Elliott (who also directed last season’s Company), the Olivier Award for Best Direction.

Pierce and Clarke both led the English iterations of the production, and are now reprising their roles across the pond in New York City. They are joined by Davis, Belcher III, de Shields, Black DeLong, Lynn Hawley, Grace Porter, Kevin Ramessar, Stephen Stocking, Chelsea Lee Williams and Delaney Williams. Melvin Abston, Jerome Preston Bates, Brandon E. Burton, Maya Jackson, Lisa Strum, Chris Thorn and Shona Tucker recently joined the cast as understudies.

Cromwell directs the Broadway production, which will feature Anna Fleischle's scenic design, Sarita Fellows and Fleischle's co-costume design, Jen Schriever's lighting design, Mikaal Sulaiman's sound design, Femi Temowo's music and Nikiya Mathis' hair design.

The original production of Death of a Salesman, which played at the Morosco Theatre in 1949 and 1950, won six Tony Awards as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It has since been revived on Broadway runs in 1975, 1984, 1999, 2012, and now the latest: 2022.

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Brandon Schwartz

Originally from Montreal, Quebec, Brandon Schwartz is a multi-disciplinary creative, with experience as a theatre producer, journalist, videographer, marketer, and performer. He holds a BA in Creative Industries from Toronto Metropolitan University, and previously contributed to the Broadway Briefing and Broadway News.