Richard studied playwriting with Anton Piatigorsky and Paula Wing in Toronto during a sabbatical in 2014 before completing a Graduate Diploma in playwriting at the University of Auckland in 2016. Three of his one-act plays have been produced in Auckland. Death of a Dream is his first full-length play. It was shortlisted for the 2017 Adam NZ Play Award. During the day, Richard is currently studying to be a secondary math teacher.
Death of a Dream
Death of a Dream tells the story of Willy Loman’s only grandson, Bill, 59, a successful businessman still looking to crack the big time. It’s 2015 and the Loman family are gathering for the Thanksgiving weekend. His adult son, Art, is still at home struggling with a prescription addiction, while his step-daughter, Suzy, is a successful executive living in New York. Bill and his wife Carol disagree on how to address Art’s addiction, but Bill has high hopes to shake Art awake with a surprise visit from Peter, an old school friend of Art’s. Meanwhile, Suzy and Carol plot to try and get Art into a secure rehab facility. A combination of thoughtlessness and selfishness drives Art to overdose, and the family, along with Naomi (the sister of Carol’s first husband), spend the weekend struggling to pick up the pieces. Peter is exposed as less than he appears and Carol is left to choose her best way forward. Death of a Dream forms a sequel which examines what happened to the two “dreams” of Death of a Salesman: the American Dream, and Willy’s personal dream of leaving a legacy for his children.
Commended: PANZ Long Play Competition, 2017