Video: 92NY’s Unterberg Poetry Center and NYPL’s Schomburg Center are co-presenting a Conversation Featuring DEATH OF A SALESMAN Stars Wendell Pierce, André De Shields, and Director Miranda Cromwell at The Schomburg  Center

André De Shields and Wendell Pierce. Photo by Lia Chang

Updated: 10/9/22

92NY’s Unterberg Poetry Center and NYPL’s Schomburg Center co-presented the Christopher Lightfoot Walker Reading Series on October 3 at 7:00pm highlighting the Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s Death of Salesman.

Khris Davis, Sharon D Clarke, Director Miranda Cromwell, Wendell Pierce, André De Shields and McKinley Belcher III. Photo by Lia Chang

The evening featured a conversation with Death of a Salesman stars Wendell Pierce (Willy Loman) and André De Shields (Ben Loman) – as they discussed the play’s legacy and their new production alongside its director Miranda Cromwell. NYT’s cultural critic Salamishah Tillet served as moderator.

This free event took place at the Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Blvd, and was in person and online.

From the right, Willy Loman, the Salesman, enters, carrying two large sample cases … Even as he crosses the stage to the doorway of the house, his exhaustion is apparent.

SALAMISHAH TILLET is the Henry Rutgers Professor of African American and African Studies and Creative Writing at Rutgers University-Newark and and the director of the New Arts Justice, an art and activist initiative at Express Newark. A scholar, writer, and activist, Tillet was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2022 for her work as a contributing critic at large for The New York Times where she has been writing since 2015.


IN-PERSON | By registering for this event, you are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. By attending an in-person program at The New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold The New York Public Library, its Trustees, officers, agent and employees liable for any illness or injury. If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or suspect you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, please stay home.

FIRST COME, FIRST SEATED Events are free and open to all, but due to space constraints registration is requested.  Registered guests are given priority check-in 15 to 30 minutes before start time. After the event starts all registered seats are released regardless of registration, so we recommend that you arrive early.

GUESTS Please note that holding seats in the Langston Hughes Auditorium is strictly prohibited and there is no food or drinks allowed anywhere in the Schomburg Center.

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PRESS Please send all press inquiries (photo, video, interviews, audio-recording, etc) at least 24-hours before the day of the program to Leah Drayton at

Please note that professional video recordings are prohibited without expressed consent.

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Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer, activist and an Award winning filmmaker and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. Her short film, When the World Was Young recently garnered a 2021 DisOrient Film Audience Choice Award for Best Short Narrative. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia is also the host and Executive Producer of BACKSTAGE PASS WITH LIA CHANG, a new Arts and Entertainment program that airs on

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