The Theater Department of Ohio University Eastern will present Arthur Miller's chilling family drama "All My Sons" April 11, 12, 13 and 18, 19, 20. Thursday performances begin at 7pm and Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8pm.
First performed in 1947, "All My Sons" is the tale of an American family in the guise of a Greek tragedy. The play opens on a sunny summer morning in the Keller backyard, but the audience soon learns that there is a dark secret within this family and that the friendly backyard is really a battlefield. Slowly and deliberately the family learns what that secret is and how they each are affected by its implications.
Set somewhere in northern Ohio, "All My Sons" was Miller's first great success. Like most of his plays, the action centers on a conflict caused by a moral dilemma. Joe Keller is the tragic hero here, hopelessly tied to circumstances that have grown beyond his control, and perhaps his understanding. As the play progresses there is an increased sense of the inevitability of Joe's fate.
The way Miller has crafted the play is its true genius, according to OUE Theatre Director, Dennis Fox, "Just like the Greek tragedies, "All My Sons" moves forcefully and single-mindedly toward its conclusion. There is a great struggle, but in the end Joe accepts the responsibility of his fate—it's fascinating to watch."
The set for "All My Sons" will have audiences believing that they are peering into a neighbor's backyard. Fox and his production design students have tried to create the most detailed and realistic environment possible.
The cast of "All My Sons" includes: Michael Lanning, of Bellaire, as Joe Keller; Michael was last seen on the OUE stage as C. C. Showers in "The Diviners;" Kate Keller is being played by Susan L. Stepputtis, of St. Clairsville; Susan is an OUE Theatre veteran and was last seen as Amanda in "The Glass Menagerie;" Cody A. Kramer, of Martins Ferry, is playing Chris Keller; Kramer was last seen as The Ghost of Christmas Future in "A Christmas Carol;" Ann Deever is played by OUE Junior Nicole Lewis, of Colerain, who was last seen as Belle in "A Christmas Carol;" OUE Freshman David G. Bond, of Freeport, is playing George Deever in his first OUE Theatre role; Connie J. Wendel, of Glen Dale, West Virginia, is playing Sue Bayliss; Wendell is familiar to OUE audiences and was last seen as Mrs. Fezziwig in "A Christmas Carol;" Frank Lubey is being played by OUE Freshman Derek Deal, of Barnesville; Deal was last seen as Topper in "A "Christmas Carol;" playing Ludia Lubey is Valerie Dobbs, of St. Clairsville; Dobbs was last seen as Forrest in "A Christmas Carol;" playing Bert are Jett Thomas, of Wheeling, West Virginia, and Luke Snyder , of Belmont; Thomas was last seen as Thor in "The Nerd" and Snyder was last seen as Young Ebenezer in "A "Christmas Carol."
OUE Theatre will present "All My Sons" April 11, 12, 13 and 18, 19, 20 in the Shannon Hall Theater. On Thursday evenings all tickets are priced at $5. On Friday and Saturday evenings, General Admission tickets are $7 and Student and Senior Citizen discount tickets are $5. For more information or to make reservations contact Dennis Fox at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (740)699-2340.