Hartford Courant on Death of a Salesman

Actor Charles Dutton Takes On Willy Loman At Yale Rep
By FRANK RIZZO | The Hartford Courant
April 19, 2009

“It will simply be great African American actors playing the Loman family,” says Dutton. “We never set out to make it an African American cast. But other than a few lines, we haven’t touched [the script] at all. If this was a African American family, the language would be much different. There would be the same dreams and disappointments. But I think it would have been more clear that a black Willy Loman of that era [the late ’40s] would not be so welcome at Slattery’s or Filene’s or Boston, period. So you have to suspend your disbelief for a moment.”

“We were more interested in how character tells the story of ‘Death of a Salesman’ and less about trying to layer onto our production a political discussion of race in America,’ says Bundy. “It’s more exciting to allow a company of African American actors to stand for the universal experience.”

-Tanya

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