Death of A Salesman Comes To COC!

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From the age of five Actor/DirectorJohn Demita always knew he wanted to be a Actor, it is obvious that it is in his blood. From acting on several Television shows and Plays such as “Medium”, “Halloween”, and “CSI”. Now John will be Direction “Death of a Salesman” in 2011 here at College of the Canyons.

Death of a Salesman is about is a 1949 play written by American playwright Arthur Miller. The play ran for 745 performances, winning both the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize for drama. The original production was directed by Elia Kazan with Lee J. Cobb starring in the leading role of Willy Loman.

The play attempts to raise a counterexample to Aristotle‘s characterization of tragedy as the downfall of a great man: though Loman certainly has hamartia, a tragic flaw or error, his downfall is that of an ordinary man. In this sense, Miller’s play represents a democratization of the ancient form of tragedy; the play’s protagonist is himself obsessed with the question of greatness, and his downfall arises directly from his continued misconception of himself–at age 63–as someone capable of greatness, as well as the unshakable conviction that greatness stems directly from personal charisma or popularity.

Demita talked about his reason for directing “Death of a Salesman”; “I have always been a fan of the play. It is something that I teach in my class.”When asked if he made any changes to “Death of a Salesman”he replied with “the play is timeless there was no need to change anything.

Demita understands that it’s going to be hard to find actors that are in the age group of the main characters which are in the fifties and sixties. ‘Death of a Salesman” will not go into production until 2011, however John wanted to make sure that he was able to find the right for the main roles. Judging by John Demita’s history as a actor I’m sure that the College of The Canyons production of “Death of A Salesman” is going to be in great hands.

  • adrianne

    I’m very excited to hear that “Death Of a Salesman” is going to be played here at College Of the Canyons. That was one of my favorite books in high school, i believe it shows great drama and strong emotion. How far will the common man go to challenge society and it’s struggles. How quickly his state of mind was completely destroyed. This story also shows great responsibility and character. Willy Loman was suffering trying to provide for his family and work, his mind took over his self will to think correctly and thoroughly.