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Law Professor and Pittsburgh Dad Star in Genesius Theater Production of ‘Death of a Salesman’

Duquesne University’s Red Masquers will present the Arthur Miller classic Death of a Salesman in the Genesius Theater for 20 shows in October.

Besides having opportunity to experience the first theatrical production in this new venue, the audience will see Law Professor Mark Yochum step away from lecturing about bankruptcy and ethics to take on the role of emotionally and financially bankrupt Willy Loman. Fans of Pittsburgh Dad will watch Curt Wootton trade deadpan humor for drama as Loman’s son, Biff.

Wootton, who received a bachelor of fine arts from West Virginia University, has been acting for more than 15 years, though he’s best known for co-creating and starring in the online Pittsburgh Dad series.

Yochum, who has more than 60 productions to his credit, has been involved for more 35 years with regional theater, taking on leading roles at the Little Lake Theater, McKeesport Little Theater, Washington & Jefferson College’s Olin Fine Arts Center and other venues.

“The part is mentally hard and physically demanding, with difficult emotional twists,” Yochum said. “While law practice can be tough, I assure you most days are not as bad as Willy’s last hours.”

This also marks the 100th production for John Lane, director of the show as well as Duquesne’s theater arts program and executive director of the Red Masquers.

“This particular cast really showcases what a great community Duquesne is,” Lane said. “Bringing together students, professors, staff, alums and guest artists to inaugurate our new space makes this production extra special.”

The show will be presented Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 1-3, Oct. 8-10 and Oct. 15-17, at 8 p.m.; and on Sundays, Oct. 4, Oct. 11 and Oct. 18 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults, free for Duquesne students, staff and faculty, $5 for other students and seniors. Inquiries can be emailed to tickets@duq.edu.

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