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Death of a Salesman (2)

Syracuse Stage production emphasizes importance of family on road to self-discovery

Syracuse Stage opened the fifth show of its 34th season, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, which began April 4 and is running through April 29. With this American classic, Miller assesses the small life of a common man, the shattered hopes and dreams, and insists attention must be paid. Directed by Tim Ocel, Death of a Salesman is a co-production with Indiana Repertory Theatre of Indianapolis. At Syracuse Stage, Death of a Salesman is sponsored by Partners Trust Bank, Residence Inn by Marriott, and Time Warner Cable.

Set in Brooklyn in 1949, Death of a Salesman follows the character of Willy Loman, a 63-year-old once-popular salesman, as his life slowly slips out of his control. While much of the play deals with failure, struggle and disillusionment, it also celebrates humanity and the love between a father and son.

Willy gives his son his life back, an exchange, really. There is hope in that, said director Ocel. In the end, Miller wants the audience to realize that to be successful in life, an individual must first confront his or her identity.

Tickets for Death of a Salesman range in price from $22 to $45 and are available by calling the Syracuse Stage Box Office at 443-3275 or visiting the Web site SyracuseStage.org.

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