Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Club Presents "Death of a Salesman" - 1965

The classy invite below reads: "The 14th Ward Democratic Club requests the pleasure of your company at a benefit performance of the American Conservatory Theater Production of Mr. Arthur Miller's "Death of as Salesman" ... (click on the image to read more)"

According to Wikipedia: "American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) is a large non-profit theater company in San Francisco, California that offers both classical and contemporary theater productions. A.C.T. was founded in 1965 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Playhouse and Carnegie Mellon University by theatre and opera director William Ball. By invitation from San Francisco philanthropists and officials, Ball relocated the company to San Francisco."

Under Ball's Wikipedia entry is says that he "had a falling out with ACT's financial benefactors in Pittsburgh and took the company on the road."

I wonder if the club's event, which was scheduled for late October, actually went off. There are no other records in the archives about it, and the only thing listed at the history page on A.C.T.'s website for 1965 is this: "The first performance of Tartuffe at the Pittsburgh Playhouse inaugurates A.C.T. as a new resident theater company in Pittsburgh under the direction of William Ball."Actually, maybe it did happen. Actor David Margulies lists the production among his stage appearances on his website. He's been in a ton of movies and TV shows, including two Ghostbusters and 8 Sopranos

And Lynne Connor wrote a history of Pittsburgh theater that says that the play featured Richard Dysart. He's been in a bunch of movies too, like Being There, and The Day of the Locust.

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