In 1983, American playwright Arthur Miller travelled to China to direct a production of his classic play, Death of a Salesman. Working with the Beijing People's Art Theatre, Miller and his collaborators struggled to bridge the gap between languages, cultures and national identities with local audiences having been long shut off from the West. Salesman in China retells this daring act of cultural cross-pollination on stage. 


Located in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, the Stratford Festival is North America’s largest repertory theatre company. Each season, the festival presents a dozen or more production in four distinctive venues. Its mission is to produce to the highest standards works of theatre in the classical and contemporary repertoire that represent as fully as possible the complete spectrum of human experience across the cultures of Canada.  

The Stratford Festival commissioned its first play in 1958 and has since gone on to commission and develop over one hundred new plays, translations, and adaptations. The Foerster Bernstein New Play Development Program is dedicated to supporting playwrights and works that represent the diverse range of voices found on Turtle Island. These works explore timeless themes of classical theatre in a contemporary context.

Creative team

  • Written by Leanna Brodie 白仁耐 and Jovanni Sy 施崇梵
  • Suggested by the memoirs of Arthur Miller and Ying Ruocheng
  • Chinese translations by Fang Zhang
  • Directed by Jovanni Sy 施崇梵
  • Set design Joanna Yu 余頌恩
  • Costume design Ming Wong 黄慧明
  • Lighting design Sophie Tang  汤语菲
  • Composer and sound design Alessandro Juliani
  • Co-projection designers Sammy Chien and Caroline MacCaull (Chimerik 似不像)
  • Dramaturge Bob White
  • Movement director Harriet Chung 鍾浩賢
  • Assistant director Nick Fangzheng Wang 王方正
  • Assistant set designer Jung A Im
  • Assistant costume designer Danielle Fagen
  • Assistant lighting designer B.C. Batty
  • Assistant projection designer Corwin Ferguson
  • Cast Tom McCamus, Adrian Pang 彭耀順, Jo Chim 詹翠珊, Phoebe Hu 胡馨勻, Derek Kwan 關顯揚, Sarah Orenstein, Agnes Tong 唐若馨, George Chiang 江重仁, Harriet Chung  鍾浩賢, Howard Dai 戴中豪, Justin Eddy, Tai Wei Foo 符岱微, Steven Hao 郝邦宇, Kim Horsman, Ziye Hu, Nestor Lozano Jr., Gordon S. Miller, Nick Fangzheng Wang 王方正, Angus Yam 任孝聰, Harmony Yen 任釋然

National Creation Fund investment

The National Creation Fund’s investment of $150,000 supports the development of new dynamic surtitling technology as well as an expanded development and rehearsal process for the English and Mandarin-speaking cast.


Production support is generously provided by Marilyn Gropp, Martie & Bob Sachs, Esther Sarick, and Sylvia Soyka. 

Developed with support from the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund. 

Past performances