UW-Parkside presents Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons”
Parkside Theatre at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside presents eight performances of Arthur Miller's classic American drama "All My Sons" Dec. 4-12. Directed by Jamie Cheatham, this story of truth and lies, of idealism against the compromises demanded by war, lights the Wegner Theater stage for five evening performances and three matinees. The campus is located at 900 Wood Rd. in Kenosha.
"All My Sons" is the story of two families: the Kellers and the Deevers. Like the Deevers' son George, Larry and Chris Keller go off to fight in World War II but only George and Chris return while Larry is missing, leaving the family to live in a constant state of denial.
"The play reflects back on America recovering from the Great Depression and recovering from the war; the loss of children, the loss of family," Cheatham said. "There's a son who is missing who most of the family believes to be dead but the mother, Kate, believes to be alive. That's one of the main points of tension in the play: how the family is going to reconcile that irreconcilable difference of opinion regarding this missing son."
This delicate charade becomes more difficult to maintain after Chris wins the heart of the girl Larry left behind, Ann Deever, and decides to ask her to marry him. Chris and Ann's marriage would be seen as proof that Larry would not return.
Another source of tension is the families' legal problems. During the war, the factory owned by Joe Keller and Steve Deever shipped defective parts to the military leading to the deaths of 21 pilots. Both men were arrested but only Steve goes to jail while Joe is acquitted on appeal, placing the blame squarely on Steve's shoulders.
"There's a dispute between the Deever household and the Keller household as to who is really to blame," said Cheatham. "That continues throughout the play as well, this sense of doubt and suspicion."
The production features Parkside Theatre veteran Chris Baker as Joe Keller and Sarah Mergener as his wife, Kate. Peter Mol and Eva Balistrieri portray Chris and Ann with Chad Bay as George Deever. Also featured are Edwin Klosowski, Amanda Thomm, Brandon Herr, and Alecia Annacchino. Students Devin Nee, Kevin Nelson, and Phil Wooding designed the set, lights, and sound, respectively."All My Sons" is presented Dec. 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12 at 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 5 at 2 p.m., and Dec. 4 and 11 at 10 a.m. in the intimate August Wegner Studio Theatre. Tickets are $15 for adults, $11 for seniors and UW-Parkside faculty and staff, and $7 for students. To reserve tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.uwp.edu keyword theatre or call 262-595-2564.
Publish date: 11/23/2009