‘Salesman’ to Open at Bay Street Next Thursday

“Riding on a smile and a shoeshine” in Sag Harbor
"Death of a Salesman" in rehearsal in Northampton with Joe Minutillo directing Meg Sexton

Lee J. Cobb, George C. Scott, Dustin Hoffman, Brian Dennehy, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The different generations of actors who have taken the stage as Willy Loman in “Death of a Salesman” since its premiere in 1949 attest to its endurance as a classic of American theater.

The play’s searing examination of how the American Dream goes wrong for a family dependent upon a father who makes his living “riding on a smile and a shoeshine” continues to resonate even as its values seem to have been inverted over time.

Now, a Literature Live! production of the play at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor will begin performances for school groups on Monday and the general public next Thursday.

Joe Minutillo will direct Arthur Miller’s drama with a cast that includes David Manis, Carolyn Popp, Rob DiSario, Scott T. Hinson, Willy Cappuccio, Keith Cornelius, Chloe Dirksen, Rachel Feldman, Tina Jones, and Neal Mayer.

Mr. Manis, who plays Willy Loman, has had roles on Broadway in plays such as “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” and “War Horse.” Ms. Popp returns to Bay Street as Linda. Her previous performances in Sag Harbor include work in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” and “Steel Magnolias.” Mr. DiSario, who plays Biff, was in “The Night Alive” at Guild Hall and “The Crucible” and “Men’s Lives” at Bay Street. Also a veteran of “Men’s Lives” and “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Mr. Hinson plays Happy.

The play will run through Nov. 25 with public performances Thursdays through Saturdays at 7 p.m. and matinees on Saturdays at 2 p.m. Tickets range in price from $20 to $55 and can be purchased online or through the Bay Street box office.