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Talk Show XIII: Death of A Salesman

Thursday, October 6
Elebash Recital Hall
Marilyn Monroe reading Death of a Salesman

Marilyn Monroe reading Death of a Salesman

Dedicated to exploring professions whose intricacies are often wondered at but rarely explored,Talk Show uses the typical broadcast format—interviewer, monologue, special guests—to explore the atypical topic of the world of work. This Special Edition of Talk Show, designed for PRELUDE 2016, focuses on the American ur-text of failure, performance and work: Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. www.facebook.com/livetalkshow

Guests include:
Nikil Saval, author of Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace
Chambliss Giobbi, voiceover artist for pharmaceutical drug ads
Stephanie Janssen, “Miss Forsythe” from the Broadway production of Death of a Salesman

Nikil Saval is an editor of n+1, and the author of Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace. He has written for The New York Times Magazine, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Bookforum, the London Review of Books, and other places. He has a B.A. in English from Columbia, and a PhD in English from Stanford. He is currently working on a book called Everything is Architecture, about the politics of modern design. He lives in Philadelphia.

As a visual artist, Chambliss Giobbi has supplemented his studio work with other jobs. For 7 years he was a welder, 2 years a truck driver and 3 years a carpenter. The voiceover business was something he became involved with completely by accident. Giobbi is a voiceover artist who has been working in New York City for 25 years. He has been the voice of numerous cable and national networks, promos and commercials for television and radio. He has also recorded numerous narrations for National Geographic, Travel Channel and The History Channel. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife Laine and their two children, Valentino and Gigi.”

Stephanie Janssen is a New York actress. She’s been seen on Broadway in Death of a Salesman (dir. Mike Nichols), Mrs. Warren’s Profession, A Delicate Balance (u/s). Her Off-Broadway and regional work includes Ivanov (Classic Stage Company, dir. Austin Pendleton), Clive (The New Group), PTSD and Beruit Rocks (Ensemble Studio Theatre), All the Days (McCarter Theatre), Nora (Westport Country Playhouse), A Map of Heaven (Denver Center Theatre), Absalom (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville), Against the Rising Sea (Queens Theatre in the Park), The Secret of Madame Bonnard’s Bath (Gloucester Stage Company). Stephanie wrote and performed in The Umbrella Plays (2008 NY Fringe Festival, winner Outstanding Play). TV/Film: Mysteries of LauraThe Good Wife, Elementary, Law & Order, Inner Dragons, Everything is Ordinary. Originally from the Midwest, Stephanie earned a B.A. Middlebury College in Vermont, and an M.F.A from the Graduate Acting program at NYU Tisch.


  • David Levine

    David Levine works across theater, performance, and visual arts. His projects have been presented by Creative Time, REDCAT, Mass MoCA, and PS122/Crossing the Lineand his writing has been published in Triple Canopy, Cabinet, Theater, and Parkett. He won an OBIE in 2013 for Habit, and is a 2016 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award recipient. He is Professor of the Practice of Performance, Theater, and Media at Harvard.

    Upcoming: Cycle Festival, Iceland; Williams College Museum of Art, MA; Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NYC. Talk Show will resume in Spring, 2017 at Cabinet Magazine.