My Favorite Story about “Death of a Salesman”

April 25, 2014

The producers were reluctant to back the play for two reasons: (1) The title gives away the ending, (2) The play is unrelentingly sad. Yet somehow the backers were persuaded to finance the play. On opening night, with trepidations the backers watched the final curtain fall and listened for applause, but were met with a prolonged silence. The backers believed the play had failed, as feared. Then slowly out of that silence, there came the sounds of grown men – sobbing.

I offer this in answer to those people who were concerned about THE PROVIDER as being a sad novel. I say to them, so was “Streetcar Named Desire” and “Moby Dick” and “Anna Karenina” and “Madame Bovary” and “Tess of the Durbervilles” and and and...