Hilltop Players to present ‘All My Sons’

June 3, 2014

All My Sons smallArthur Miller’s first Broadway hit, “All My Sons,” will come to life on the Bryan College stage Oct. 27-29 in the Hilltop Players’ first production of the year.

Directed by Assistant Professor and Theatre Fellow Jared Cole, “All My Sons” is the story of Joe Keller and his family facing ramifications of decisions made during World War II, just a few years earlier.

“All My Sons” won the Drama Critics’ Award for Best New Play in 1947 and preceded other Miler classics including “Death of a Salesman” and “The Crucible.”

“It’s an American tragedy,” Mr. Cole said. “It follows the same patterns as a Greek tragedy; it is set in one day and there is a tragic figure, a person of prominence with a tragic flaw.”

The Hilltop Players have a theme of “A, B, C” this year, with the second and third productions “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” Jan. 30 to Feb. 4, 2012, and “Curtains: A Musical Murder Mystery” April 19-21. “‘All My Sons’ is a tragedy and is a great contrast to the other two that are humorous,” he said.

“‘Death of a Salesman’ and ‘Crucible’ probably are produced and studied more in academia, but in theatre circles ‘All My Sons’ is probably the most favorite of Miller’s plays,” Mr. Cole said. It’s just a powerful play. It has been my favorite Arthur Miller play since I designed the set for it as my final production design for graduate school. Plus, it has an ending you won’t forget.”