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STUDY GUIDE

Presents

Written by Arthur Miller Directed by Pam MacKinnon
The Old Globe 1363 Old Globe Way San Diego, CA 92101-1696 (619) 231-1941 GlobeLearning@theoldglobe.org www.TheOldGlobe.org

Saturday, January 22, 2011 - Sunday, February 27, 2011

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Welcome to The Old Globe; About the Old Globe…………………………………………………………. 3 Play Synopsis…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 4 The Characters………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 5 About the Playwright………………………………………………………………………………………………………7 Additional Readings on Arthur Miller & Death of a Salesman……………………………………….10 Artistic Team: Staff & Cast……………………………………………………………………..…………………… 11 History & Context………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 12 The Writing of Death of a Salesman The American Dream Activity 1: Symbols that define America The Ethic of Success Activity 2: Success in America

The World of Theatre…………………………………………………………………………………………………. 20 Time and Space in Death of a Salesman Productions of Death of a Salesman Theatre Etiquette Activity 3: Dialogue Writing Activity 4: Space and Place

LifeSkills…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 30 Activity 5: Discussion/Interview- Pressures of Daily Life Activity 6: Discussion/Interview- Expectations, Accomplishments, and Regrets Our Donors…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………31 This Study Guide was prepared by The Old Globe Education Department with research and activity designs by Teaching Artist, Radhika Rao.

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WELCOME TO THE OLD GLOBE
Welcome to The Old Globe! We are delighted to present an American classic, Death of a Salesman, written by one of America’s foremost playwrights, Arthur Miller. Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play, Death of A Salesman is a work of tremendous emotional impact and an unflinching examination of the American dream that is as relevant today as the day it was written. This production is a continuation of The Old Globe’s acclaimed “Classics Up Close” series. Arthur Miller’s work was profoundly concerned not just with individual choice and moral decisions but with how they were contextualized in the social, economic and political milieu of that time. Moreover Miller used certain theatrical techniques, at times conventional, and at times unconventional, to communicate the themes of his play and qualities of his characters. To maximize the viewer’s theatrical and educational experience, this study guide is divided into three major parts: 1. History and Context: Here students will learn about the social and economic context in which Miller wrote this play and the influences that shaped his writing process; 2. The World of Theatre: Here, students will learn about the stage devices and theatrical techniques used, about famous productions of the play, and they will be familiarized with conventional theatre etiquette; and finally 3. LifeSkills: Here students will be introduced to some complex value-based and morality-based issues that the play addresses, such as ideas of success and failure, expectations, and regret over unfulfilled aspirations. At the end of each of the three sections, there are activities that teachers may choose to do with their students in order to connect students’ experiences and daily lives with the themes of the play and to facilitate their independent research into the historical and theatrical context of the play.

ABOUT THE OLD GLOBE
The internationally-acclaimed, Tony® Award-winning Old Globe is one of the most renowned regional theatres in the country, and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for 75 years. The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 plays and musicals on its three stages including its highly-regarded Shakespeare festival. The Globe has become a gathering place for leading theatre artists from around the world, such as Tom Stoppard, Daniel Sullivan, and Chita Rivera, among many others. Numerous Broadway-bound premieres and revivals, such as...
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