NEA Funds ‘Death of a Salesman’ in Tribute to Bush By Scott Ott

by John Hawkins | January 29, 2004 7:10 pm

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced today it would fund a special production of Arthur Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’ as a tribute to President George Bush.

The announcement comes on the same day as news that the President will request $15-$20 million in additional funding[1] for the NEA, a government agency which distributes taxpayer dollars to artists whose work is so good they cannot make a living doing it.

The play tells the story of Willy Loman, a salesman whose highest value in life is to be well liked. The production will debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. this fall.

“We just saw a parallel between Mr. Bush and Mr. Loman that was both touching and tragic,” said an unnamed NEA spokesman. “And Mr. Bush will be well-liked among artists and liberals as long as the cash keeps flowing.”

If you enjoyed this satire by Scott Ott, you can read more of his work at Scrappleface[2].

Endnotes:
  1. funding: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/29/politics/29BUDG.html
  2. Scrappleface: http://www.scrappleface.com

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