Death of A Salesman: 20 Years Later

Sunday, October 25 at 2pm

Two decades after the premiere of this landmark revival, director Robert Falls and members of the Broadway cast gather for a conversation about the production and how the show resonates today. Hosted by Artistic Associate Steve Scott.

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ARTIST BIOS

KATE BUDDEKE last appeared in Middletown with Sandy Duncan, Adrian Zmed and Donnie Most when Covid shut us down. She has appeared in many Chicago productions. Some favorites are Bug, New Electric Ballroom and Eric LaRue at A Red Orchid Theater. Dancing at Lughnasa, The Iceman Cometh and Death of a Salesman at the Goodman Theatre.  Superior Donuts and Airline Highway at Steppenwolf. Broadway credits include: Carousel at LCT,  Death of a Salesman, A Streetcar Named Desire, Gypsy with Bernadette Peters and Superior Donuts. Off-Broadway: Mill Fire3C, The Paris Commune and Good for Otto. Kate has 5 Joseph Jefferson awards and has sung The National Anthem solo, twice, at Wrigley Field. 

ROBERT FALLS is the Artistic Director of Goodman Theatre. He recently revived his 2014 production of Don Giovanni for the Lyric Opera. Last season, Falls directed Shakespeare’s The Winter's Tale and David Cale’s We’re Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time (Goodman Theatre, Public Theater). Other recent productions include Pamplona, starring Stacy Keach; Rogelio Martinez’s Blind Date; and his own original adaptation of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People. Recent credits also include 2666, adapted from Roberto Bolaño’s epic novel and co-directed with Seth Bockley; The Iceman Cometh, starring Nathan Lane and longtime collaborator Brian Dennehy (Brooklyn Academy of Music); and Beth Henley’s The Jacksonian. Falls’ Broadway productions include Death of a Salesman, starring Dennehy; Long Day’s Journey into Night, starring Dennehy, Vanessa Redgrave, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robert Sean Leonard; Eric Bogosian’s Talk Radio; the American premiere of Conor McPherson’s Shining City; and Horton Foote’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Young Man from Atlanta. His Broadway production of Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, for which he also co-wrote the book, continues to be produced around the world. Previous Goodman productions include, most notably, Arthur Miller’s Finishing the PictureThe SeagullUncle VanyaMeasure for MeasureKing LearDesire Under the ElmsThe MisanthropePal JoeyGalileo; the American premiere of Alan Ayckbourn’s House and Garden; the world premieres of Rebecca Gilman’s A True History of the Johnstown FloodBlue SurgeDollhouse and Luna Gale; and Gilman’s Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976. Falls’ honors for directing include a Tony Award (Death of a Salesman), a Drama Desk Award (Long Day’s Journey into Night) an Obie Award (subUrbia), a Helen Hayes Award (King Lear) and multiple Jeff Awards. For “outstanding contributions to theater,” he has also been recognized with such prestigious honors as the Savva Morozov Diamond Award (Moscow Art Theatre), the O’Neill Medallion (Eugene O’Neill Society), the Distinguished Service to the Arts Award (Lawyers for the Creative Arts) and the Illinois Arts Council Governor’s Award. Falls was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2015.

ALLEN HAMILTON is an actor and director who has appeared in regional theatres throughout the country and on Broadway. He has performed at the Arena Stage in Washington, the Arizona Theatre Company in Tucson and Phoenix, the Goodman in Chicago, the Guthrie, Jungle and Cricket Theatres in Minneapolis, the Charles Playhouse in Boston and the Front Street Theatre in Memphis-among others. He was seen on Broadway in The House of Atreus directed by Sir Tyrone Guthrie and Arturo Ui and as Uncle Ben in Robert Falls’ acclaimed production of Death of a Salesman, which opened at the Goodman, moved to NY and toured to Los Angeles, St. Louis and Boston. Subsequently, the play traveled to London’s West End where it ran for nine months. Hamilton has been seen in numerous feature films and television movies, including The Fugitive with Harrison Ford and Only the Lonely with John Candy and Maureen O’Hara. 

TED KŌCH'S Broadway credits include: To Kill A Mockingbird, JUNKThe PillowmanDeath of a SalesmanCat on a Hot Tin Roof, Elling. National Tours: Frost/Nixon and Death of a Salesman. Off-Broadway and Regional credits include: The Gravediggers Lullaby andAbundance (TACT)  Acolyte (59E59) Wait Until Dark (Geva Theatre) The Seagull (Huntington Theatre) Scott and Hem (Barrington Stage) Strange Interlude (Shakespeare Theatre) Donnybrook! (Irish Rep.) Born Yesterday, God of Carnage (Pittsburgh Public) Snow Falling on Cedars (Hartford Stage) Meshugah (Naked Angels) Sweet Bird of Youth (Williamstown Theatre) True West (Arena Stage, Helen Hayes nomination Best Actor) A Streetcar Named Desire (Buffalo Studio Arena) Whisper House (The Old Globe) All’s Well That Ends Well (The Goodman Theatre). Television credits include: The Get Down, The Path, Blindspot, Elementary, The Americans, Person of Interest, The Good Wife, Gossip Girl, The Sopranos, The West Wing, Law & Order, Ed.  Films include: Cold Souls, Ratter, HannibalEnglishman In New York, Strangers, Love to LeenyaAutumn in New York, Dinner Rush, Jack and Evelyn.

STEPHANIE MARCH is an actor, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. She is the co-founder of bespoke beauty brand, SheSpoke. In addition to running her business, Ms. March spends a significant amount of time traveling globally in her capacity as an activist for causes benefiting women and education. She serves on the boards of Planned Parenthood Global, OneKid OneWorld, and the National Advisory Council for the School of Communication at Northwestern University. Ms. March is also on the board of World of Children and the recipient of WOCA's 2016 Board of Governors’ Award. Most recently, she co-founded the fundraising campaign, Treats Help to raise money for the NYC restaurant community impacted by the COVID-19 shutdown, and provide food to frontline workers. Best known for her role as ADA Alex Cabot on TV’s hit series, Law & Order SVU and most recently starring in Comedy Central’s  A President Show Documentary and Adult Swim’s Neon Joe, Ms. March has also appeared in 30 Rock, Happy Endings, Rescue Me, Grey’s Anatomy, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The Treatment, Predisposed, and Innocence and has been seen onstage in the critically acclaimed revivals of Death of a Salesman, Talk Radio, and Boys’ Life.  In 2019, March made her debut as executive produceras well as cast member in the social media mockumentary, The Social Ones, which premiered at Cinequest Film and Creativity Festival in Silicon Valley and the Los Angeles Film Festival. The film went on to win Cinequest’s Award for Best Comedy Feature and was released wide on March 3, 2020.  She is a graduate of Northwestern University and resides in NYC with her husband, Dan Benton, and her Maine Coon, Taco Cat. 

STEVE PICKERING is an award-winning actor, director, and playwright based in Chicago. Formerly an Artistic Associate with the Organic Theater, Artistic Director of the Next Theatre in Evanston, and a 2016 Lunt-Fontanne Fellow with the Ten Chimneys Foundation, he is currently a Goodman Theatre Creative Partner and a member of the Goodman’s 2019/20 Playwrights Unit. He has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, at the New York Shakespeare Festival, in London’s West End, with Shakespeare Theatre in DC, and at many regional theatres around the countryincluding over 35 productions with the Goodman since 1987.  

STEVE SCOTT was the Producer for over 30 years at Goodman Theatre, where he oversaw more than 200 productions; he is now a member of Goodman’s Artistic Collective. His Goodman directing credits include Ah, Wilderness! Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Horton Foote’s Blind DateRabbit HoleBinky Rudich and the Two-Speed Clock and No One Will Be Immune for the David Mamet Festival; Dinner With Friends; Wit; the world premiere of Tom Mula’s Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (co-directed with Michael Maggio) and the 2011 and 2012 editions of A Christmas Carol. Other directing credits include productions at Northlight Theatre, Silk Road Rising, American Blues Theater, A Red Orchid Theatre, Redtwist Theatre (where he is a company member), Shattered Globe Theatre, Eclipse Theatre Company (where he is an ensemble member) and many others. He is a member of the Jeff Committee’s Artist and Technical Team, a board member of Season of Concern and an advisory board member at Congo Square Theatre; he also teaches on the faculty of the Theatre Conservatory at Roosevelt University. He was one of six resident directors for WBEZ’s series “Stories on Stage,” and has contributed articles to a variety of publications, including the Encyclopedia of Chicago. Scott is the recipient of six Jeff Award nominations, an After Dark Award, the Illinois Theatre Association’s Award of Honor, Eclipse Theatre Company’s Corona Award, the 2017 Special Jeff Award for career achievement and the League of Chicago Theatre’s Lifetime Achievement Award. As an actor, he most recently appeared in Next Theatre Company’s production of Are You Now or Have You Ever Been…? (Jeff Award for Outstanding Ensemble).

Richard ThompsonRICHARD THOMPSON is a 3D artist. His first industry job was modeling, texturing and animating fly-throughs of architectural elements for History Channel’s Engineering an Empire. Freelance work gave way to a leading role as a 3D designer and animator for the Emmy Award-winning PBS Kids show Word World. After a two-year stint as an instructional technologist in graphic design and animation at NYU — where he produced dozens of animations and 3D interactive elements for a variety of courses—Richard was thrilled to return to teaching, his greatest passion. He presently heads the Gaming and Animation degree program at Middlesex County College in New Jersey.

In an earlier career as an actor, Richard starred in Tony and OBIE Award-winning plays on Broadway and off-Broadway (including 1999’s Death of a Salesman). He was also nominated for a Helen Hayes Award. And plays that he wrote garnered five Drama-Logue Awards, one was New York Magazine’s "Pick of the Week" and another was a finalist for the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference.

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