Pierce to Star in West End Revival of ‘Death of a Salesman’ – Los Angeles Sentinel | Los Angeles Sentinel

On the left are Wendall Pierce, Sharon D. Clark, Andre De Shields and Miranda Cromwell. (photo by Trisha Baron)

There’s a reason to book a trip to New York, and that’s for the all-black cast of the West End revival of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.” I want to thank the creative team for inviting us to the private party to celebrate the stars of the Renaissance, Wendell Pierce and Sharon D. Clark (nominated for Tony, “Caroline or Change”). Pierce will return to the shoes of the character, Willie Lohmann, while Clark returns to play his wife Linda Lohmann.

A targeted actress across the lake, Clark won the Olivier Award for Best Actress for the London production of Death of a Merchant, and Pierce was nominated for Best Actor. Directed by Miranda Cromwell, who co-directed the London production with Marian Elliott, the Broadway production will also feature Andre De Shields (“Hadestown”) as Willie’s brother, Ben, and Chris Davis (Pot) as Biff Lohmann.

Pierce lived in downtown Harlem in a neighborhood full of people who looked and sounded like us during a period in New York’s history when bullets flew and people bent. Performing this classic play on stage with an all-black cast has a very special meaning for the veteran actor and producer. Pierce also shared his deep respect for all African-American newspapers, calling our reports “important” and “necessary.”

But first a history lesson – “The Death of a Salesman” is a two-act play and a requiem and was written by Arthur Miller in 1948 and produced in 1949. For his work, Miller won the Pulitzer Prize and describing this play, he called “the tragedy of a man who gave his life or sold it” in pursuit of the American dream. On Broadway in February 1949, it was held for 742 performances, introducing the world to traveling salesman Willie Lohmann, who was so defeated and utterly disillusioned with his life that he seemed to slide into senility, happy.

There are many topics that are still true today, such as the aforementioned question of the quality of the “American dream” and the study of the building blocks of truth and infidelity. And it is inevitable not to look closely at what the influence of capitalist society may be on life, its life. Today, The Death of a Salesman is considered by some critics to be one of the greatest plays of the 20th century.

These are five very strong words (in pursuit of the American dream) that mean something very different to people of African descent. It doesn’t matter that this stolen land was built on the backs and running blood of African, enslaved people, in a country that considered us a lucrative property. So, excuse me when I stop (laughs) and review these five words above: The. Persecution. On. C. American. A dream.

“I’m honored to work with you, Sharon [D. Clarke] and I want to thank you for taking care of me, on and off stage, “said Wendell Pierce. “I didn’t expect to feel so emotional, but in this place and in this moment, this is exactly where I need to be. It is an honor for me to share the scene [again] with Sharon D. Clark. ”

Ms. Clark later joined in, saying she often wondered what kept Linda from marrying Willie. “I’ve always wondered what’s in the relationship that connects them, were they afraid?” Said Sharon D. Clark. “What you see in our relationship with Linda and Willie is that these two people love each other.

The Death of a Salesman opens on Broadway this fall with previews beginning Sept. 19 at the Hudson Theater.

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