Author Miller’s ‘All My Sons’ to premiere Tuesday, Oct. 9

JONATHEN RUESCH / THE FLARE || Theatre students (from left) Ashley Jackson, Dustin Kincaide, Jo Walker and Joshua Wallace rehearse for the upcoming production of “All My Sons.” The play premieres Oct. 9 and will run through Oct. 14 in Van Cliburn Auditorium.

Staff Writer

The first play of the semester, “All My Sons” directed by Kathy Barber is scheduled 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9-13 and 2:30 p.m. the following Sunday, Oct. 14, in the Van Cliburn Auditorium in the Turk Fine Arts Center.

“All My Sons” was playwright Arthur Miller’s first play. When he was writing “All My Sons” Miller said if it failed he would never write another play. From the moment it hit the stage in 1947 “All My Sons” was quite a sensation.

Miller based “All My Sons” on a story his mother-in-law read in an Ohio newspaper. Originally it was about a woman who snitched on her father, but Miller changed the character to a son.

In “All My Sons” Joe Keller (played by Joshua Weaver) runs a business building airplane parts. Eventually, faulty parts are sold to the U.S. military during World War II, leaving 21 pilots dead.

Although he allows the parts to be sent off, his assistant, Steve Deever, is charged and jailed. Ann (played by Ashley Jackson), Steve’s daughter, had once been engaged to Joe’s younger son, Larry, who was a pilot who went missing three years earlier.

Now Keller’s son, Chris (played by Dustin Kincaide), is about to marry Ann. Larry’s mother, Kate (played by Jo Walker), is not pleased with Chris’ wanting to marry his brother’s ex-fiancee and believes Larry is alive.

“All My Sons” has been directed by many, has won two Tony Awards, a Critic’s Circle Award and is a Penguin Classics novel.

Michael Atkins serves as technical director.

Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for students of all ages and $4 for KC students with their I.D. The door opens an hour before each performance; late arrivals and children under 6 are not admitted.

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