‘All My Sons’ premieres Tuesday

Randi Vinson-Davis / THE FLARE || Theatre students (from left) Jason Burgland (playing Dr. Jim Bayliss), Joshua Wallace (playing Joe Keller) and Christian Livsey (playing Frank Lubey) rehearse on the 1940s Ohio set designed by Michael Atkins, set and technical director.

Staff Writer

The first play of the semester, “All My Sons” directed by Kathy Barber, premieres 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Van Cliburn Auditorium in the Turk Fine Arts Center and continues 7:30 nightly through Saturday followed by a 2:30 matinee Sunday, Oct. 14.

“All My Sons” was written by Arthur Miller and takes place in 1947 directly after World War II. Joe Keller (played by Joshua Weaver) and Steve Deever ran a machine shop making airplane parts until faulty parts were shipped causing the death of 21 WWII pilots. Deever serves his time in jail (off stage) while Keller made a lot of money in the free world. Deever’s son returns from the war to find his father in prison and his father’s partner free.

A set featuring a white fence, some metal chairs and a house brings to life the late 1940s Ohio backyard where the play is centered. Michael Atkins, set and technical director, designed and aided students in constructing the set and filling it with era-specific props.

The play features some adult material that is more appropriate for mature audiences, and may not appeal to viewers under 14 years of age, Barber said.

Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for students of all ages and $4 for KC students with I.D. and are available at the door. Doors open an hour before each performance, late arrivals will not be admitted and children under 6 are not allowed.

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