Winner of two Tony Awards for Best Author and Best Direction (Elia Kazan) in 1947, “All My Sons” is set in a Midwestern community soon after World War II. Inspired by a true story, Miller exposed the fragility of the American dream. Miller explores the destructive power of greed and misguided love as demonstrated by Joe Keller, the loving, but shortsighted family patriarch. “All My Sons” shines among Miller’s greatest plays, which also include “Death of a Salesman,” “The Crucible” and “A View From The Bridge.” With its true and tender romance, its father-son conflict and its sense of impending catastrophe, this story takes hold of our hearts and our imaginations and doesn’t let go for a moment.
“All My Sons” will run Feb. 19 through Feb. 21 and Feb. 26 through Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m., with additional performances Feb. 22 and Mar. 1 at 3 p.m. in the Robert E. Will Theatre in the URI Fine Arts Center, 105 Upper College Road in Kingston.
General admission is $20, and tickets are discounted to $15 for seniors, URI faculty and staff, and $12 for students. Call (401) 874-5843 to purchase tickets or buy them online at web.uri.edu/theatre.
“All My Sons” is directed by Bryna Wortman, associate professor of theatre (“Seminar,” “Crimes of the Heart,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Marvin’s Room”); costume design is by guest artist Marilyn Salvatore; assistant costume design is by Sally Tschantz-Dwyer, resident costume shop manager; set design is by guest artist Cheryl deWardener; lighting design is by guest artist Jen Rock; and sound design is by guest artist Mike Hyde.
A panel discussion, titled “Can We Be Better,” will be held after the 3 p.m. matinee performance Sunday, Feb. 22. Richard McIntyre, URI professor of economics and political science, will join Wortman, Erik Loomis, assistant professor of history, and others to discuss an individual’s responsibility and accountability to his or her society, the central question of the play and a source of concern in the 21st Century. The panel discussion is free and open to the public.
Actor, character, hometown
Christine Dickinson (Lydia), Woonsocket, R.I.
Diego Guevara (Chris Keller), East Greenwich, R.I.
Reilly Hayes (Frank), North Scituate, R.I.
Daraja Hinds (Sue), Pawtucket, R.I.
Louis Perrotta (George), South Portland, Maine
Bob Perry (Joe), Narragansett, R.I. and Block Island
Philip Ryng (Jim), Jamestown, R.I.
Emma Sacchetti (Kate), Norwalk, Conn.
Devin Vietri (Ann), Narragansett, R.I. and Jamestown, R.I.
Belamy Brophy-Baermann (Jim), Providence, R.I.
Brittany Costello (Lydia), East Providence, R.I.
Kyle Couture (Frank), Exeter, R.I.
John Thomas Cunha (George), Middletown, R.I.
Katherine Riley (Ann), Hillsdale, N.J.
Sydney Rosenberg (Kate), Springfield, N.J.
The University of Rhode Island Theatre Department will begin performances of Arthur Miller’s Tony Award-winning play, “All My Sons,” beginning Feb. 19. The cast includes, from top, Bob Perry, of Narragansett, R.I., who plays patriarch Joe Keller; Diego Guevara, of East Greenwich, R.I., who plays Chris Keller; Christine Dickinson, of Woonsocket, R.I., who plays Lydia; Devin Vietri, of Narragansett, R.I., who portrays Ann; and Emma Sacchetti, of Norwalk, Conn., who portrays Kate.
Photo by Randy Osga Photography