Players’ Death of a Salesman opens Jan. 26 at Wor-Wic

Guests can expect a powerful performance when Community Players of Salisbury presents Death of a Salesman, opening on Friday, Jan. 26.

“It’s a powerful show, that’s the key word.  This is a very powerful play which addresses many issues including relationships, the American dream, aging, loss of identity and the inability to accept reality. It’s very profound,” said director Matt Bogden.

Shows will be at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27, 8 p.m.  on Friday, Feb. 2 and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, all in Guerrieri Hall at Wor-Wic Community College.

Tickets cost $9 to $15 and are available on the Community Players website,, where the play is described this way:

“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. A thrilling work of deep and revealing beauty that remains one of the most profound classic dramas of the American theatre.”

The main character, Willy Loman, will be portrayed by Darrell Mullins. Willy’s wife, Linda, played by Robin Mendelson, “somewhat enables him,” Bogden explained.

“She loves him dearly but she also enables him. They have two boys. Biff is played by Mark Tyler. He is struggling to find himself in the world. He’s in his 30s but there are flashbacks to when he was a teen.

“The other boy is Happy. He’s played by Matt Hatfield and he is a womanizer. There are some light moments in the show but most of this is a pretty serious drama,” Bogden said.

An English and theater high school teacher in Pocomoke City who directed close to 100 productions during the years, Bogden wanted to direct Death of a Salesman and present it in a relatively small theater.

“We are in rehearsals now. We’ve been busy polishing it up,” Bogden said. “I’m very excited about this show.”


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