Imagine building parts for the military and a plane crashes with the faulty parts you allowed your assistant to ship off, and you let him take the blame for it. Do you think you could handle the guilt?
This is part of the storyline of “All My Sons” by Arthur Miller which director Kathy Barber has selected for the theatre department’s first production of the fall.
The play is scheduled 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9-13 in the Van Cliburn Auditorium in the Turk Fine Arts Center and 2:30 p.m. the following Sunday, Oct. 14.
The play, based on a true story, describes how a woman turned her father in for selling faulty parts to the U.S. military during World War II.
Joe Keller (played by Joshua Weaver) has been running a successful factory until 21 air pilots are killed because of defective parts that Keller’s assistant, Steve Deever, has sent off. Throughout the play, Deever remains off stage, in jail, while Keller’s conscience gets to the best of him, resulting in his personal form of consequence. The play involves scandals when Keller’s son, Chris (played by Dustin Kincaide) asks Deever’s daughter, Ann, (played by Ashley Jackson) to marry him.
Barber said she chose this play because she loves Miller’s literature and it calls for a large male cast, which came to Barber’s advantage because her class has a lot of guys.
The play will be performed in the cast’s version of a backyard in Ohio, but right now they’re still putting all the parts together. The students learn how to piece together all the props and sew their own costumes, if need be.
Although Barber has never directed “All My Sons,” she said she sees good progress and has hope for this year’s cast.
Ticket prices are $6 for adults, $5 for students all ages and $4 for KC students with I.D. The door opens an hour before each showing. No late arrivals will be admitted, and children under six are not allowed.