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Death of A Salesman at Limelight Theatre

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Daniel Moxham, left, as Biff and Jason Wall as Happy in Death of a Salesman. Picture: Daniel Ade


A Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play widely considered to be one of the 20th century's greatest comes to Limelight Theatre this March. Written by Arthur Miller and directed by Kathleen Del Casale, Death of a Salesman is the story of Willy Loman, a man who realises his life isn't the one he made it out to be.

Although he has worked hard, his family has always lived on the edge of poverty while Willy has constantly told himself and his family that his deserved big break was just around the corner. "Through the expertly written, interweaving storylines of past and present, the audience begins to realise he has been his own worst enemy," Kathleen said.

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Death of a Salesman features Daniel Moxham, left, Jason Wall and Gino Cataldo, in foreground, and Patrick McLanaghan and Declan Waters at back. Picture: Daniel Ade

"It's a story of how life can be really tough but, at the end of the day, we can't blame anyone else for the life we have we make the decisions and we get to choose. Miller was able to write a play that resonates with so many people, in so many different ways."

The main challenge, according to Kathleen, is doing the play justice over a short rehearsal period. "We have six weeks to make this happen but I know I have a great team and amazing actors who already feel the characters so deeply," she said. "As much as there are challenges, we're certainly ready to overcome those and create a great show."

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Death of a Salesman director Kathleen Del Casale, right, takes actors Gino Cataldo and Rosalyn Anderson through their paces. Picture: Daniel Ade


Acting for the past 10 years, Kathleen has performed, directed or written for Stargate Actors Academy, HEY Fever, Snapshot Youth Theatre Company and Limelight Theatre. In 2012-13, she travelled to the UK to play May Gibbs in a touring production of River Dreaming and followed it up in 2015-16 with A Land of Legends, a play she wrote, co-directed and stage-managed for another tour. Kathleen is also working with Agelink Theatre on a Fremantle history project, as both a writer and actor.

"With Death of a Salesman, I can't think of a better play to direct," she said. "The characters are so developed, complicated and nuanced and the story is so beautifully sad."

"The more I read the script, the more I realise how much there is still to discover in the story. I'm a fan of minimalist theatre that challenges its audience to think and this play certainly does that."

"With the complexity of the characters and the poetic lines, I know I don't need big set pieces and glitzy costumes because the words stand on their own. That is a real art and is what makes theatre, and Death of a Salesman, so special."

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Death of a Salesman features Daniel Moxham, left, as Biff and Jason Wall as Happy. Picture: Daniel Ade


Daniel Moxham plays Biff Loman, Willy's eldest son. "He's a son who could never fulfil his father's expectations," he said. "Biff is stuck in a world where his ideal lifestyle doesn't suit his financial needs and is always dreaming of a better life but never reaching it."

"The play is layered with emotion at every turn, which is what makes it so thrilling to watch. Connecting to the character's emotion and portraying it truthfully is going to be one of the hardest things coming into this production and taking on this role."

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salesman4: Biff (Daniel Moxham, left) makes a point to Happy (Jason Wall) and Willy (Gino Cataldo) in Death of a Salesman as the waiter (Patrick McLanaghan) looks on. Picture: Daniel Ade


Acting for the past three years, Daniel performed extensively at the Subiaco Arts Centre while training there and, most recently, appeared in The Wedding Singer at Limelight Theatre in December. "Death of a Salesman is just one of those plays that moves everybody when they read it," he said. "What makes this play so attractive is its timeless relatability and the questions it forces us to ask ourselves about dreams and ambition."

Death of a Salesman plays 8pm March 8, 9, 10, 14, 15 16 and 17 with a 2pm matinee March 11. Tickets are $21, $18 concession book at www.limelighttheatre.com.au or on 0499 954 016 between 9am and midday, Monday to Friday. The March 11 matinee includes afternoon tea for an extra $5.

Limelight Theatre is located on Civic Drive, Wanneroo.

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Why? We all have a dream and we can all struggle to realise it Death of a Salesman endures because we can relate to it and can feel what the characters are experiencing, given we've all been there in one form or another.
When: 8pm March 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16 & 17; 2pm March 11
Phone: 0499 954 016
Where: Limelight Theatre, Civic Drive, Wanneroo
Cost: $21, $18 concession (extra $5 for afternoon tea on March 11 matinee)
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