The performances began Friday and run through Saturday, May 20, at the Grand Haven Community Center, 422 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven.
The story, written by American playwright Arthur Miller, revolves around the last days of Willy Loman, a failing salesman who cannot understand how he failed to win success and happiness. Through a series of tragic soul-searching revelations of the life he’s lived with his wife, his sons, and his business associates, we discover how his quest for the American Dream keeps him blind to the people who truly loved him.
The role of Willy Loman will be played by Doering, who was the director of Spring Lake High School’s theatre department from 2013-16. A native of West Michigan, Doering graduated from Spring Lake High School in 1970 and attended Muskegon Community College, where his passion for theatre began to take hold.
Doering now holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre from Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio, and a master of fine arts from the Professional Director Training Program at Ohio University.
Doering enjoyed a 35-year career as an actor, director and educator in Minneapolis, with companies such as the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Mixed Blood Theatre, St. Paul History Theatre and the Chimera Theatre.
Having played the role of Biff Loman in several productions early in his career, Doering said, “It only makes sense to finish with the iconic Willy Loman, the flawed father and salesman.”
Central Park Players’ production is directed by local theatre veteran Mike Vogas and is assisted by Lisa Hilliard. The cast of 13 local actors features Doering as Willy Loman, Natalie Carmolli as Linda Loman, Kristopher Arnold as Biff Loman, Gabriel Cerchiori as Happy Loman, Steve Dzwonkowski as Charley and Bruce Baker as Ben.
This production also features another past Spring Lake High School director of theatre, David Theune, as Howard Wagner. Aaron Ponce, Brian Cleveland, Luke Lewis, Lisa Longpre, Kellene Hilliard and Adrianne Lewis round out the cast.
The production continues Friday and Saturday, May 19 and 20, at 7:30 p.m.
Reserved seating tickets can be purchased on the Players’ website at www.centralparkplayers.org, over the phone at 616-843-3906 or at the door, as available. Cost is $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors plus a $1 facility fee per ticket.
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