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august, 2022

This is a repeating event

12aug6:00 pm9:00 pmAuditions: Death of a Salesman6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Corn Stock Lab Theatre CenterEvent Type :AuditionsCost:FREE


(Friday) 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Corn Stock Lab Theatre Center

1606 N Park Rd.

Future Event Times in this Repeating Event Series

august 13, 2022 1:00 pmaugust 14, 2022 1:00 pm

Event Details

Corn Stock Theatre is proud to announce AUDITIONS for our Winter Season production of DEATH OF A SALESMAN.

Directed by Tom Hardin

Show dates are October 21-23 and 28-30, 2022

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Friday, August 12th from 6pm to 9pm

Saturday, August 13th from 1pm to 5pm

Sunday, August 14th from 1pm to 5pm


Please sign up for an audition time here:

It is highly recommended that those interested in audition read the script beforehand. If you need a copy, you may request a digital or physical copy by emailing the Box Office at


Corn Stock Theatre Center
1606 N Park Road
Peoria, IL 61604

Located just down the road from the Tent!

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What to Prepare:

Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Arrive 15 minutes prior to your start time. If you are interested in auditioning for more than one role, you may sign up for a maximum of 2 10-minute time slots. You may sign up at

This play is a period piece – 1947 & 1930. Hair length and design are important. If you are unwilling to change your hair, please do not audition.

Please come prepared to audition. Know which character(s) you are interested in for auditions. Review the suggested monologues to act at auditions. Again, if you are interested in more than one character, sign up for two time slots. No actor will audition for more than two slots, even if you want to read for more than two characters.

Time slots are only 10 minutes in length. Tom will greet you and audition you quickly. Also, be prepared to take a picture or bring a picture with your theatrical resume attached.

Finally, there will be NO callbacks. Tom will call each actor/actress Sunday evening to announce the cast. All actors/actresses who make the show must be at the first rehearsal on Monday, August 15th at 6:30pm.

Rehearsals will be Mondays – Thursdays from 6:30pm to 9:00pm beginning August 15th.

Email questions to Tom Hardin, Director at

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Character Breakdown

Ages of characters depend on actors that audition and are cast. Please remain flexible in age ranges.


Willy Loman – 60s, an exhausted salesman who strives to take care of his family yet fails.

Linda Loman – 60s, devoted wife to Willy.

Biff Loman – 34 years of age in present time, 17 in the past scenes. Biff is Willy’s favorite son. Former athlete who was once a star football player. He attempts to force the family to face reality.

Happy Loman – 32 years of age in present time, 15 in past scenes. Youngest son of Willy and Linda. He is good-looking and is considered a “ladies’ man.”

Charley – 60s in age. Willy’s friend and neighbor. He owns a business and is successful.

Bernard – 30s in present time, 15 in past scenes. Charley’s son and once a friend to the Loman brothers. He becomes a lawyer, arguing a case before the Supreme court. He is married and has two children.

Uncle Ben – 60s in age. Willy’s older dead brother who became successful by exploring Alaska and Africa.

Howard Wagner – 40s in age. Willy’s boss who inherited the business from his father.

The Woman – 50s in age. Secretary in Boston. Willy is having an affair with her.

Jenny – 30s – 40s in age. Secretary to Howard Wagner.

Stanley & Steven – 20s to 40s in age. Waiters.

Miss Forsythe – 30s in age. Woman Hap and Biff meet at the restaurant.

Letta – 30s in age. Friend of Miss Forsythe.

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Show Synopsis:

Before I begin, you need to know that this is not a synopsis of this play. I recommend that you read the play to learn about the play.

I am truly honored to direct “Death of a Salesman.” Thank you, Corn Stock. It has been over 20 years since I have acted, directed, built, painted etc. for plays, and worked as night security here at Corn Stock! I left Illinois to be closer to my children and to teach in Wisconsin. While I was gone, I kept in contact with my many theatre friends. Also, my dearest friends passed away – Jeff Sloter and Dan Allar. It is in their honor that I do this show.

Many times, the three of us talked about shows we should do together, especially “Death of a Salesman.”  We just could not figure out who would direct, who would play Willy and who would be the stage manager. The banter amongst us was playful, and at the same time meaningful. Now we turn to this time period. Throughout the rehearsals, and the performances their words will be said and hopefully become a permanent part of our lives. Jeff had many theatre phrases that he used when directing, and one that I remember is “a play needs to have strong production values.” I interpreted the phrase to mean that a production must have high, solid, great production aspects, acting, set, costumes, lights, props etc. for it to marvel and move an audience. He was right then, and I will ensure that this play succeeds in those aspects. In addition, Dan always said that the “play is the thing.” Thank you, Shakespeare. Thank you, Dan., The cast, crew, and staff of this play will focus on the play. Meaning – we will discuss and share the family drama that moves the narrative. Arthur Miller wanted his plays to have a universal meaning, not a political statement. When “Death of Salesman” was first performed in 1949 debates arose “in which attempts were made to justify or dismiss the play as a Left-Wing piece, or as a Right-Wing manifestation of decadence. The presumption underlying both views is that a work of art is the sum of its author’s political outlook. I do not believe this, either for my own or other writer’s work…therefore, a play as though it were the objective work of a propagandist is nonsense. (A. Miller). Miller was right then and even now. Today politics divides people and for this show I want to bring people together in honor of Jeff and Dan. We can do this if we leave our politics at the door and connect with each other as actors, techies, and friends. If we can do this Dan Allar’s words can ring throughout our lives and our play – “It’s all good.”

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Production Crew:

Director– Tom Hardin

Assistant Director – Megan Johnston

Stage Managers – Chris Peterlin

Music Coordinator – Maggie Sloter

Costumers – Kathleen McCarty

Production Secretary – Maggie Sloter

Hair & Makeup – Erika Johnston-Poch

Light Design – Riley Reynolds

Props – TBD

Sound Execution – Brian Morgan

Set Design- Howard Gorman

Graphic Designer – Kenney Delaney

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Please send any questions you have to Tom Hardin at




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