In this now classic drama, Arthur Miller describes the downfall of Willy Loman, an on-the-road sales rep who, after 36 years of service, has been fired.
A hastily concluded life insurance would appear to offer the only way out of his existential crisis. In this adaptation, the story unfolds on the eve of his fatal suicide attempt. It shows an embittered man spending the night on his couch, watching television, conversing with the phantoms of his failed life. It is the poignant finale of a life spent going door-to-door to sell the dream of a happier and more luxurious existence. The play is not only a social tragedy, but also a story about loss of identity and about a conflict between generations in which Loman’s sons are at risk of undergoing the same tragedy as their father, like ill-fated duplicates. Willy Loman’s final night is a struggle between father and sons, between dreams and deeds, between the desire to be loved and respected and the inability to love and show respect. It’s a long daytrip through the night.
Text Arthur Miller
Translation Jan Van Dijck
Director Luk Perceval
Scenography Katrin Brack
Costume design Ilse Vandenbussche
Light design Mark Vandenesse
Dramaturgy Maja Zade