Sales of a Deadman

Wonderful Things

Generously supported by the Norwegian Composers’ 

Association and the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler”

Just a suitcase remains for the Salesman. However there’s enough for him to make his last bit of money by rummaging through his stories, relationships, and memories. This one-man free adaptation of Arthur Miller’s play is all about selling, as now death becomes part of the inexorable economic chain. Sales of a deadman picks up from where Miller’s open ending left off; between the suicidal car crash and subsequent funeral, everyone is still out to make money. The music and staging of this production is modelled on the inevitability of pure capitalistic life, a purgatorial marketplace where man has been transformed and purified into a commodity, there to be bought and sold.

Instrumentation: Tenor, flute, saxophone, trombone, live electronics

Composer: Evan Gardner

Director: Michael Höppner 

Stage-design & Costumes: Judith Philipp

Makeup: Martin Rink

Duration: 45min

Photography: Martin Koos ©

Magnús Hallur Jónsson: Tenor, Salesman

Susanne Fröhlich: Recorder

Pedro Pablo Cámara Toldes: Saxophon

Musashi Baba: Trombone

Alba Gentili-Tedeschi: Live Electronics