All My Sons
By: Arthur Miller
Directed by: Joseph Pacifico
September 8th - 17th
Sept. 16th @ 2pm Understudy Performance
with a Talkback after the show with Miller scholar Dr. Steve Marino, of the Arthur Miller Society.
About The Show
An American family struggles to recuperate from the tragedies of war, both at home and abroad.
All My Sons, like most of Miller’s work, is a critique of capitalism, demonstrating the effects of greed on humans. The characters bring these themes to life through their relationships with the times, with one another and with their purpose in each plot twist. Joe Keller, a successful businessman, lives comfortably with his wife, Kate, and son, Chris, in a suburban American neighborhood. They have only one sadness in their lives – the loss of their other son, Larry, who went missing in World War II. After three years, Kate still clings to the hope that her son is alive. Chris would like her to give up that hope so they can go on with their lives. Chris has developed a relationship with Ann, an old neighbor and Larry’s former fiancée. Chris invites Ann to come to the Keller home, where he intends to propose.
We learn that Ann’s father (Steve Deever) is in prison for patching up and sending out a batch of defective machine parts that caused the death of 21 pilots during the war while working in Joe’s factory. Joe was also accused of this crime, convicted and set free on appeal. So, Steve went to prison and Joe returned home and grew his factory business.