orkshop Theatre

of South Carolina

Show Summary
Character breakdowns

Audition Notice for DEATH OF A SALESMAN

by Arthur Miller
Directed by Patrick Michael Kelly

Performance Dates: November 4 - 13, 2022

Audition dates and times: Tue, August 16 & Wed, August 17 at 7 PM each evening

Location: Columbia College's Cottingham Theatre (1301 Columbia College Dr)

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.

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Show Summary

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. Winner of the 1949 Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play.
No conflicts after Oct 23

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Character breakdowns

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

  • WILLY (50s – 60s)
    An insecure, self-deluded traveling salesman. Willy believes wholeheartedly in the American Dream of easy success and wealth, but he never achieves it. Nor do his sons fulfill his hope that they will succeed where he has failed. When Willy's illusions begin to fail under the pressing realities of his life, his mental health begins to unravel.

  • Willy's grown son who led a charmed life in high school as a football star with scholarship prospects, but has since struggled to find himself and failed to live up to his father's aspirations. Plays his younger self in Willy's memory.
  • LINDA (50s – 60s)
    Willy's loyal, loving wife. Linda suffers through Willy's grandiose dreams and self-delusions. Occasionally, she seems to be taken in by Willy's self-deluded hopes for future glory and success, but at other times, she seems far more realistic and less fragile than her husband. Plays her younger self in Willy's memory.
  • HAPPY (20s – 40s)
    Willy's younger son, also grown, who has lived in Biff's shadow all of his life, but compensates by chasing women and professional ambition. Plays his younger self in Willy's memory.
  • BEN (50s - 70s)
    Willy's wealthy older brother. Ben has recently died and appears only in Willy's memory.
  • CHARLEY (40s – 60s)
    Willy's next-door neighbor. Charley owns a successful business and his son, Bernard, is a wealthy, important lawyer. Plays his younger self in Willy's memory.
  • BERNARD (20s - 40s)
    Bernard is Charley's son and an important, successful lawyer. Although Willy used to mock Bernard for studying hard, Bernard always loved Willy's sons dearly and regarded Biff as a hero. Plays his younger self in Willy's memory.
  • HOWARD/STANLEY (30s - 40s)
    Howard is Willy's boss. Howard inherited the company from his father, whom Willy regarded as “a masterful man” and “a prince.”
    Stanley is a waiter at Frank's Chop House. Stanley and Happy seem to be friends, or at least acquaintances.
  • THE WOMAN/LETTA (20s – 40s) The Woman only appears in Willy's memory. She was Willy's mistress when Happy and Biff were in high school. The Woman's attention and admiration boost Willy's fragile ego.
    Letta is a young woman that Happy and Biff meet at Frank's Chop House.
  • MISS FORSYTHE/JENNY (20s - 40s)
    Miss Forsythe is a young woman that Happy and Biff meet at Frank's Chop House.
    Jenny is Charley's secretary.

Audition Form

Audition Form

Death of a Salesman Audition Form

Please print your confirmation email and bring it to your audition. Run dates are Nov 4 - 13, 2022 at Columbia College.

Run dates are Nov 4 - 13, 2022 at Columbia College. Please list any conflicts that you know of during the rehearsal or run of the show.
Note: Having a conflict does not necessarily exclude you from the show.

Please print your confirmation email and bring it to your audition.