Professional actor takes lead role in Central Park Players’ ‘Death of a Salesman’

Professional equity actor David Allen Doering will appear in the upcoming production of Central Park Players’ “Death of a Salesman” at the Grand Haven Community Center, 422 Columbus Ave., in downtown Grand Haven, which opens May 12 and runs through May 20.

The story, written by the great 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 has 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.David Allen Doering

The role of Willy Loman will be played by David Doering, who was the director of Spring  Lake High School’s theatre department from 2013-2016. A native of West Michigan, David 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 B.A. in theatre from Wilmington College in Wilmington, OH and an M.F.A from the Professional Director Training Program of Ohio University.

David enjoyed a 35 year career as an actor, director and educator in Minneapolis, MN with companies such as the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Mixed Blood Theatre, St. Paul History Theatre and the Chimera Theatre, among others. Having played the role of Biff Loman in several productions early in his career, Doering stated “…it only makes sense to finish with the iconic Willy Loman, the flawed father and salesman.”

CPP’s production is directed by local theatre veteran Mike Vogas and is assisted by Lisa Hilliard. The cast of thirteen local actors features David 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.

This production runs for two weekends, May 12-13 at 7:30, May 14 at 2:00, May 19-20 at 7:30 p.m. Reserved seating tickets can be purchased on the Players’ website at, 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. For more information go to the CPP website or follow Central Park Players on Facebook.

Central Park Players
P.O. Box 564
Grand Haven, MI  49417

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