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"Page & Stage" Program from Anoka County Library and Lyrics Arts Theater: Death of a Salesman

Date: Apr 14th, 2013

Anoka County Library, in partnership with the Lyric Arts Theater, is pleased to offer a “Page & Stage” performance of Death of a Salesman on Sunday, April 14th, beginning at 12:00 pm at the Lyric Arts Main Street Stage.  Lyric Arts Theater is located at 420 E. Main Street in Anoka. 

Participants will receive a copy of the script and a study guide to prepare for the pre-show discussion.  Cristopher Tibbetts will facilitate the discussion of the script, its characters, and “what to look for” in the performance.  Participants will enjoy the performance of Death of a Salesman and then stay for a post-show discussion where the cast and director hold a question and answer session with the audience.

“This work was written more than 60 years ago but we can all learn lessons from the hardships and resulting lessons learned by Willy Loman,” said Anoka County Commissioner Robyn West.  “This Page and Stage event is an opportunity to get an even greater understanding of these complex characters.”

In Death of a Salesman, written by Arthur Miller, we meet Willy Loman, an aging salesman who cannot understand how he failed to win success and happiness. Through a series of tragic soul-searching revelations of the life he has lived with his wife, his sons, and his business associates, we discover how his quest for the “American Dream” kept him blind to the people who truly loved him.

As relevant today as it was in 1949 when it received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play, Death of a Salesman remains a profound classic of American Theatre.

“Have you ever wondered why something is considered a classic?” said Library Board President Bob Thistle.  “By reading the script and discussing your thoughts, you will discover why this play has endured and why the themes still speak to us.”

The program is open to ages 15 and older.  Registration is required and seating is limited.  To reserve a spot, contact the Main Street Box Office at 763-433-2510 extension 101 and mention the Anoka County Library Death of a Salesman “Page and Stage” program.  Participants must register by April 5th and are expected to take part in all aspects of the program, including pre-show and post-show discussions.

To register for this free event, call 763-433-2510, extension 101.  This event is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  For more information about Lyric Arts Theater, visit www.lyricarts.org.  For more information about this program and Anoka County Library, visit www.anokacountylibrary.org.