Jeffrey Demunn, Star of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” Takes on Willy Loman in the Old Globe’s Revival of Death of a Salesman
2010-12-20 · By Guest Blogger
Executive Producer Lou Spisto today announced the casting of Tony and Emmy Award nominee Jeffrey DeMunn as Willy Loman in the Globe’s upcoming revival of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. DeMunn currently stars as Dale in the hit AMC TV series “The Walking Dead” and was nominated for a Tony Award for his harrowing performance in the Broadway production of K2. The complete cast will be announced at a later date. Directed by Pam MacKinnon, Death of a Salesman will run in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre Jan. 22 – Feb. 27. Preview performances run Jan. 22 – Jan. 26. Opening night is Jan. 27 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.
DeMunn has enjoyed a career that encompasses theatre, film and television. In addition to his Tony Award-nominated performance in K2, he has appeared on Broadway in Our Town, The Price, Bent, Spoils of War and Sleight of Hand. At The Public Theater, he has appeared in Stuff Happens, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and A Prayer for My Daughter (Drama Desk nomination). His regional credits include King Lear, Geometry of Fire, A Picasso, Gunshy, The Hands of Its Enemy, The Country Girl, Modigliani and Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman at the Dallas Theater Center.
He is known as a favorite of writer/producer/director Frank Darabont, who has cast him in The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Majestic and Stephen King’s The Mist, along with such projects as the 1988 remake of The Blob and “The Walking Dead.” DeMunn’s other film credits include Burn After Reading, Shelter, Cayman Went, Hollywoodland, The X-Files Movie, Phenomenon and Blaze as well as earlier appearances in Resurrection and Frances.
DeMunn’s television work has been honored with an Emmy Award nomination and a CableACE Award for his role as Andrei Chikatilo in Citizen X. In addition to his recurring role on “Law & Order” and numerous guest starring roles on episodic series, he has starred or been featured in Empire Falls, Our Town, Noriega: God’s Favorite, Hiroshima, Storm of the Century, A Christmas Memory and Barbarians at the Gate.
Director Pam MacKinnon is an Obie and Lilly Award winning New York-based director. Her most recent productions include premieres of Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park (Playwrights Horizons), Rachel Axler’s Smudge (Women’s Project) and Cusi Cram’s A Lifetime Burning (Primary Stages), as well as Othello (Shakespeare Santa Cruz) and Gina Gionfriddo’s Becky Shaw (South Coast Repertory). She is a longtime interpreter of the plays of Edward Albee, having directed A Delicate Balance (Arena Stage), The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? (Alley Theatre and The Vienna Theatre Company) and The Play About the Baby (Philadelphia Theatre Company and Goodman Theatre), as well as premieres of At Home at the Zoo (formerly called Peter and Jerry at Hartford Stage and Second Stage Theatre), Occupant (Signature Theatre Company) and this season’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Arena Stage). MacKinnon’s additional recent work includes premieres of Roberto Aguire Sacasa’s Good Boys and True (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), Itamar Moses’ The Four of Us (Manhattan Theatre Club and The Old Globe), Richard Greenberg’s Our Mother’s Brief Affair (South Coast Repertory), Jason Grote’s Maria/Stuart (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company) and Itamar Moses’ Bach at Leipzig (New York Theatre Workshop and Milwaukee Repertory Theater). Later this season she is slated to direct premieres of Itamar Moses’ Completeness (South Coast Repertory) and David Wiener’s Extraordinary Chambers (Geffen Playhouse).
TICKETS to Death of a Salesman can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. Performances at the Old Globe Theatre begin on Jan. 22 and continue through Feb. 27. Ticket prices range from $29 to $67. Performance times: Previews: Saturday, Jan. 22 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 23 at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 7:00 p.m. Regular Performances: Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m. There is a Wednesday matinee on Feb. 16 at 2:00 p.m. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and under, seniors and groups of 10 or more.
Associated events taking place during the run of Death of a Salesman include:
POST-SHOW FORUMS: Death of a Salesman
Tuesdays, Feb. 8 and 15 and Wednesday, Feb. 23. FREE
Discuss the play with members of the Death of a Salesman cast and crew at post-show discussions led by the Globe’s creative staff after the performances.
INSIGHT SEMINAR: Death of a Salesman
Monday, Jan. 24 at 7:00 p.m. FREE
Insight Seminars are informal presentations of ideas and insights to enhance the theater-going experience. The seminars feature a panel selected from the artistic company of each production and take place in the theater where the production is performed. Reception, 6:30 p.m. Seminar, 7:00 p.m. Admission is free and reservations are not required.
OUT AT THE GLOBE: Thursday, Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m. $20
An evening for gay and lesbian theater lovers and the whole LGBT community, Out at the Globe includes a hosted wine and martini bar, appetizers and door prizes. $20 per person. RSVP at (619) 23-GLOBE. (Tickets to Death of a Salesman are sold separately.)
THANK GLOBE IT’S FRIDAY: Fridays, Jan. 28 and Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. $20
Kick off the weekend with the Globe’s Friday pre-show bash. TGIF includes a hosted wine and martini bar, appetizers and desserts. $20 per person. RSVP at (619) 23-GLOBE. (Tickets to Death of a Salesman are sold separately.)
LOCATION: The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. There are numerous free parking lots available throughout the park. Valet parking is also available ($10). For additional parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org.
CALENDAR: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (11/20-12/26), Plaid Tidings – A Special Holiday Edition of Forever Plaid (11/27-12/26), Jane Austen’s Emma – A Musical Romantic Comedy (1/15-2/27), Death of a Salesman (1/22-2/27), Rafta, Rafta… (3/19-4/24), Groundswell (3/12-4/17).
The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theaters and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for 75 years. Under the direction of Executive Producer Louis G. Spisto, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre, the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre and the 612-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theater’s education and community programs. Numerous world premieres such as The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Catered Affair, and the annual holiday musical, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theaters across the country.