BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College theater honor society will host a free reading of Arthur Miller’s “Death of Salesman,” featuring Dr. Gary Kappel ’74 as Willy Loman.

The reading is at 2 p.m. April 9 at Wailes Theatre in Steinman Hall.

Kappel, long a supporter of the Bethany theater program, is the college’s historian and holds the title of Professor of History in the Perry and Aleece Gresham Chair in the Humanities Emeritus. He joined the Bethany faculty in 1983 and retired from teaching in 2019.

A classic drama of American Theater, “Death of Salesman” won a Pulitzer Prize. The play follows declining salesman Loman as he grapples with unachieved success and happiness.

Cash-only concessions sales will benefit the Beta Gamma Chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, a national honor society recognizing work in dramatics.


Bethany College, founded in 1840, is the oldest private college in West Virginia. The Bethany experience focuses on academic excellence in the area of liberal arts and prepares students for a lifetime of work and a life of significance.