Tribune-Star Jun 8, 2017

Theater 7’s inaugural season will continue this weekend with Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman,” directed by associate director Arthur Feinsod.

The cast — including Brad Venable as Willy Loman and Susan Monts-Bologna as his wife, Linda — will take the stage at the historic Indiana Theatre. The production will start at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

“Death of a Salesman,” an American classic about a struggling New England salesman driven by his view of the American Dream, is as relevant today as it was when it opened on Broadway in 1949, according to the play’s presenters. Though widely considered a tragedy, the Lomans’ story is also one of endurance, individuality and courage.

Theater 7’s production will be distinct for several reasons, including its emphasis on an uplifting message, a minimalist set and a diverse cast. In Feinsod’s production, the Lomans’ inclusive neighborhood features a jazz club, where Willy meets his sons in a unique take on a pivotal scene. Adaptations and original music composed by cast member Arnick Shouse add a jazz soundtrack to the play. Kim McMurray, who appeared in February as the Blues Speak Woman in the company’s first mainstage production, “Spunk,” will give voice to the numbers.

Tickets can be purchased at the ISU Hulman Center Box Office or at the Indiana Theatre one hour before each performance. In honor of its service mission, Theater 7 will donate a dollar of every ticket sold to a local charity.

Theater 7 was introduced to the Wabash Valley during the summer of 2016. The company, according to a press release, is united by its focus on delivering an uplifting theater experience that showcases diversity, simplicity of set and costumes, utilizes a professional core company and introduces new works to the community it strives to serve.