Death of a Salesman at New Moon Theatre

Press Release:

New Moon Theatre Company 2085 Monroe Memphis, TN 38104
Contact Gene Elliott at 901-484-3467 www.newmoontheatre.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Press Release and General Information

New Moon Theatre Company is proud to announce the production of “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller, directed by Marler Stone.

“Death of a Salesman,” a thrilling work of deep and revealing beauty that remains one of the profound classic dramas of the American theatre, won numerous awards when it opened in 1949, including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Tony Award for Best Play, and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play.

The story revolves around the last days of Willy Loman, a failing 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.

Performance Information:

Show: “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller, directed by Marler Stone.
Show Dates: April 8-24, 2011
Location: Theatreworks, 2085 Monroe Ave., Memphis, TN 38104
Times: Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 pm. Sundays at 2 pm. (Please take note of special start times for Fridays and Saturdays)
Price: Tickets: $15 Adults, $12 Seniors, Students & Military
Contact: Gene Elliott at 901-484-3467, www.newmoontheatre.org

Cast:
Willy Loman: Ron Gephart
Linda Loman: Janie Paris
Biff Loman: Brian Everson
Happy Loman: Tripp Hurst
Charley: Jon W. Sparks
Hotel Woman: Emily Peckham
Ben: Jerry Wakefield
Bernard: Jeryl Van Fossan
Howard: Wesley Barnes
Letta & Jenny: Emily Burnett
Miss Forsythe: Julie Marshall
Stanley: Jeff Corrigan

New Moon Theatre Company was formed in 2004. During that time it has produced many challenging works such as: as “Fefu and her Friends,” “The Castle,” “The Maids,” “The Birthday Party,” “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,” “Look Away (A Civil War Zombie Tragedy)” and “Some Things You Need to know before the World Ends.”

New Moon’s mission statement: To entertain with challenging and provocative works, classic and contemporary, that are not often produced on the main stages of Memphis.

Director Marler Stone has been an actor in area theatres for many years, taking roles in productions of “Death of a Salesman,” “Shadowlands,” “Over the River and Through the Woods,” “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Oliver!” among many others. He has received four “Ostrander” theatre acting awards presented annually by ArtsMemphis and Memphis Magazine. In August, 2004, he received the Eugart Yerian Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre. Marler has been a Theatre Judge for the past 13 years attending some 35 community productions annually in preparation for the Ostrander Theatre Award. He has also directed productions at area theatres including “The Diary of Anne Frank,” “Brigadoon,” “Little Red Wagon Painted Blue,” “The Man Who Only Wanted a Screwdriver,” “Pack of Lies,” “The Subject was Roses,” “Misery,” “Catch Me If You Can,” “Pound,” “Killing Louise” and “Born Yesterday.” Marler is
employed at Youth Villages as Planned Giving Manager.

Ron Gephart (Willy Loman) has been teaching, directing, acting, producing and building scenery for plays for nearly 40 years. For the past 29 years he has been employed by Southwest Tennessee Community College. Ron has won three Ostrander Awards for acting and one for direction of a musical. (Ron and Janie Paris each received Ostranders when they were a couple in Arthur Miller’s “A View From the Bridge.”)

Last summer Ron portrayed Joe in the Stephen Ross film “Dancing on the Volcano” and was Charlie in the Darius Wallace film “Love Choices.”

Janie Paris (Linda Loman) is playing the role of Linda for a second time — she played opposite Marler Stone’s Willy at Playhouse on the Square 19 years ago. Over the years she has had numerous leading roles in Memphis and around the country. Some of Janie’s favorites include: “All My Sons,” “Macbeth,” “The Rose Tattoo,” “The Diary of Anne Frank,” “Steel Magnolias,” “Broadway Bound,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Over the River and Through the Woods,” and most
recently she was in “On Golden Pond” at the Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center.

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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