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This project is funded by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, through the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

+ About the Performance
This program was recorded 10/22/2015 at Symphony Space.

An evening of conversation and film clips celebrating Arthur Miller’s masterpiece Death of a Salesman, including scenes from the 1966 telecast with Lee J. Cobb and Mildred Dunnock, the 1985 television adaptation with Dustin Hoffman and Kate Reid, and the 2000 telecast with Brian Dennehy and Elizabeth Franz. In conversation with Brian Dennehy, Tony Kushner and Laurie Kennedy, whose father, Arthur, won a Tony Award for playing Biff in the original Broadway cast. Introduction by Rebecca Miller. Discussion led by Jack Doulin, Casting Director at New York Theater Workshop.

+ About the Artists


BRIAN DENNEHY is an award-winning actor who has appeared in more than 60 films and 70 television roles. He is known for the 1999 Broadway production and subsequent television adaptation of Death of a Salesman, for which he won a Tony and a Golden Globe Award. Films include Ratatouille, Silverado, The Next Three Days, Tommy Boy, To Catch a Killer, First Blood, and Cocoon. In addition to his film work, he continues a theatrical career, having appeared in the United States and internationally in productions of Long Day’s Journey into Night, for which he also won a Tony Award; A Touch of the Poet; and The Iceman Cometh.

JACK DOULIN has been the Casting Director at New York Theatre Workshop since 2000. Productions there include Peter and the Starcatcher, Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul, Caryl Churchill’s A Number starring
Sam Shepard, and Ivo van Hove’s productions of
Hedda Gabler, The Little Foxes, and Scenes from a Marriage. Other NYC highlights include two notable productions of Uncle Vanya: Andre Gregory’s production with Julianne Moore and Wallace Shawn (filmed by Louis Malle as Vanya on 42nd Street) and Annie Baker’s adaptation with Reed Birney and Michael Shannon, directed by Sam Gold, at Soho Rep. Regional credits include Long Wharf, the Goodman Theatre, ART, Seattle Rep, Arena Stage, and
the Studio Theatre in Washington, DC. His film work includes
New Orleans, Mon Amour and Jonathan Demme’s film A Master Builder. Jack cast the speaking roles in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of La Fille du Régiment and teaches in the drama division of the Juilliard School.

LAURIE KENNEDY is a Tony-Award nominated actress and the daughter of film and stage actor Arthur Kennedy. She appeared on Broadway in Man and Superman, for which she received the Clarence Derwent Award and a Theatre World Award, and was nominated for a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award. Her other stage credits include Spoils of War, Angels in America, Copenhagen, and A Delicate Balance. She has also appeared in films such as Winter Passing, Diary of the Dead, Twisted, Armless, The Perfect Tribute, and The Love Letter, as well as on television in The Edge of Night, Law & Order, Homicide: Life on the Street, and Oz.

TONY KUSHNER is a playwright, screenwriter, and author, best known for his two-part play Angels in America, which was adapted into both a television mini-series and an opera. His other plays include A Bright Room Called Day, Slavs!, Hydrotaphia, Homebody/Kabul, and Caroline, or Change, which received the Evening Standard Award, the London Drama Critics’ Circle Award, and the Olivier Award for Best Musical. His books include But the Giraffe: A Curtain Raising and Brundibar: the Libretto. His film work includes the screenplays for Steven Spielberg’s Munich and Lincoln, for which he earned an Academy Award nomination, a New York Film Critics Circle Award, a Chicago Film Critics Award, and several others. He is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, an Emmy Award, two Tony Awards, three Obie Awards, an Arts Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a PEN/Laura Pels Award, and the 2012 National Medal of the Arts.

ARTHUR MILLER (1915–2005) was born in New York City and studied at the University of Michigan. His plays include All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, A View from the Bridge, A Memory of Two Mondays, After the Fall, Incident at Vichy, The Price, The Creation of the World and Other Business, and The American Clock. He also wrote two novels, Focus and The Misfits, which was filmed in 1960, as well the text for three books of photographs by his wife, Inge Morath: In Russia, Chinese Encounters and In the Country. His later works include a memoir, Timebends; the plays The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, The Last Yankee, Broken Glass, and Mr. Peter’s Connections; and the books Echoes Down the Corridor: Collected Essays, 1944–2000 and On Politics and the Art of Acting. He twice won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, and in 1949 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. In 1984, he was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors. He was the recipient of the National Book Foundation’s 2001 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the Prince of Asturias Award for Letters in 2002, and the Jerusalem Prize in 2003.

REBECCA MILLER is a screenwriter, director, and the daughter of playwright Arthur Miller. She is the author of several books, including the novel Jacob’s Folly, and short story collection Personal Velocity, her feature film adaptation of which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. She also wrote and directed Angela, winner of the Sundance Film Festival Filmmakers Trophy and Cinematography Award; The Ballad of Jack and Rose; and The Private Lives of Pippa Lee; as well as the screenplay for the film Proof, based on David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same title. Her new film, Maggie’s Plan, was released last month. 

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