CMU School of Drama

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Paying Attention to Miller's Masterwork at PPT

Pittsburgh in the Round: When Zach Grenier wrapped up his long-running role as David Lee on “The Good Wife,” he pondered what character he’d most like to have a chance to play on stage. Grenier admits that he didn’t think he’d have a shot at Willy Loman, the titular character of Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer and Tony winning Death of a Salesman. After all, how often is that great American tragedy produced?

1 comment:

Rebecca Meckler said...

It’s crazy how Zach Grenier got to play Willy Loman, especially after thinking that he would never play the part. I really enjoyed the part of the article were Grenier explains his personal connection to the part. Its interesting to hear how he encountered people like Willy growing up in the Bronx. That makes the characters come alive and become the three dimensional characters that Miller writes. I think the concept of emotional language is really interesting. I wish that the article had elaborated more on it. I also thought the idea as the flashbacks, not as flashbacks or memories, but as part of the world that Willy has constructed, was interesting. When I have read the play, I have viewed them as flashbacks so I thought this was a different perspective into the world of the play. It probably would play into the more abstract view of the play that seems to come from the show.