Dundee Rep’s Death Of A Salesman to launch USA themed season

Dundee Rep Stars and Stripes Season

Dundee Rep Ensemble will launch a Stars and Stripes themed season next month with three works that explore our relationship with the USA, starting with one of the greatest American plays of all time, in an innovative new production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.

 Dundee Rep’s associate artistic director Joe Douglas will direct the award-winning Ensemble in the iconic play, which takes the audience on a journey through the highs and lows of the American dream – if it even exists. 

Dundee Rep Ensemble stalwart Billy Mack will play the lead role of Willy Loman, who becomes more confused and troubled by his memories as he is forced to take on his demons: what is left of a salesman when he can’t get a sale? 

The personal tragedy of the Loman family is given new life by the renowned Dundee Rep Ensemble in collaboration with an international creative team, for a fresh take on this well-known text.

 The production will feature an elemental set designed by awarding-winning Glasgow based set designer Neil Warmington, with the dimly lit dirt-covered stage and shadowy figures watching the play unfold.

 The contemporary musical underscore and sound design is composed by Nikola Kodjabashia and performed live by the acting Ensemble.  Macedonian-born Nikola has recently worked on This Restless House at the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow and works regularly with renowned international companies, such as the Odin Teatret and Pina Bausch’s dance company. 

 Lighting designer Sergey Jakovsky works regularly at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow and is resident with Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre.

 Joe Douglas said: “Death of a Salesman is a classic American play and the perfect opener for our Stars and Stripes season. 

 “In this production we attempt to break from the naturalism which can often overcome the play. The design is more representational, rather than being set in the Loman’s house, with the live musical score providing a surreal quality that allows us to see into Willy Loman’s mind.

 “The idea of dreams going up in smoke and the Loman's grubbing for their future in the dirt loom large.”

 Dundee Rep Ensemble and Poorboy Ensemble will then present the premiere of Monstrous Bodies (Chasing Mary Shelley Down Peep o’ Day Lane) from Saturday, April 8. Written and directed by Sandy Thompson, this exciting new piece of work has been developed over the last two years, through both ensembles working together.

 The eighth annual community touring production will be The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui by Bertolt Brecht from Monday, May 29. Translated by Alastair Beaton and directed by Joe Douglas, it will conclude the Stars and Stripes season, performing first on the Rep’s main stage before travelling to several community centres and halls across Dundee and the surrounding area. 

 Death of A Salesman runs at Dundee Rep from Wednesday, February 22 to Saturday, March 11 at 7.30pm.  Matinees will be held on Saturday 4 and 11, and Thursday 9 March at 2.30pm.  There will be a BSLI performance on Thursday 2 March at 11.30pm. Tickets on sale here.