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Death of a Salesman

Death of a Salesman


by Arthur Miller

Current Events & Pop Culture

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An African-American Cast

This production starred the remarkable Charles S. Dutton as Willy Loman, at the head of the African-American cast. This article explores the interesting connotations that the text takes on when it's performed by an all black cast. For example, there are specifics in Death of a Salesman that would not seem to apply to the African-American experience in the middle of the twentieth century. When Biff dreams happily of returning to Texas to become a rancher, it's jarring to ponder the potential fate of a young black man embarking on such an endeavor in 1949.