All My Sons is Arthur Miller’s searing drama of a family’s dark secret amid the fleeting hopes that a son missing in action will come home. It plays in the Severson Theatre March 8 – 25, 2012.
The play – which took Miller over 2 ½ years to write – weighs one man’s social responsibility with his family’s security and reveals the toll it ultimately takes. It’s a moving portrait of an American family smashed apart in a collision of ethics, loyalties, and love. Director James Edmondson said, “On one hand, All My Sons is a mystery play, where we wait for great truths to be revealed; while on the other, it is an insightful study of character where everyone’s truth is essential to our understanding of humanity and human actions, and responsibilities.”
Edmondson’s past directing credits for PCPA include Man of La Mancha, The Comedy of Errors, The Crucible, The Music Man, and A Raisin in the Sun. In addition he played Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, the title role in King Lear, and George Bernard Shaw in Dear Liar. Since 1972, Mr. Edmondson has been a resident actor/director at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
The cast features PCPA resident artists Peter S. Hadres* as Joe Keller, Kitty Balay* as Kate Keller, Quinn Mattfeld* as Chris Keller, Evans Eden Jarnefeldt as George Deever and Mark Booher as Dr. Jim Bayliss. The cast also features 2nd year conservatory students Nicole Widtfeldt as Ann Deever, Cooper Karn as Frank Lubey, and Sami Carson as Lydia Lubey. Rounding out the cast, Acting Intern Anne Guynn plays Sue Bayliss and young performer Thomas Apel plays Bert.
The production team, under the direction of Edmondson, includes Scenic Designer Stephen Henson, Costume Designer Tracy M. Ward, Lighting Designer Anthony Palmer, Sound Designer Irwin Appel, Stage Manager Aleah Van Woert, and Dramaturge Patricia M. Troxel.
All My Sons won the Tony Award for Best Author and Best Direction of a Play in 1947. It also received the Drama Critics’ Circle and Donaldson Awards. He followed that success with Death of a Salesman in 1949, which won every major theatrical award in addition to the Pulitzer Prize. In 1953, Miller captured another Tony for The Crucible. He continued to write throughout his life and received the William Inge Festival Award for distinguished achievement in American Theater, and, in 1998, he was named as Distinguished Inaugural Senior Fellow of the American Academy in Berlin. He died in 2005 at the age of 89. Theatre critic Lyn Gardner observed, “He was the great conscience of the American nation – and a damn good playwright in every sense.”
*Member, Actors’ Equity Association
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Santa Maria Performances
All My Sons
March 8 – 25, 2012
800 S. College, Santa Maria
GPS – enter 1100 S. Bradley, Santa Maria, CA 93454
1:30 – Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday
7pm – Friday and Saturday, and Thursday, March 8.
$28.00 – $30.00 for adults with discounts for Children, Students, Seniors,
and preview performances on March 8 and 9.
Now in its 48th season, PCPA Theaterfest is the Central Coast’s Resident Professional Theatre Company, and has infused the national theatre scene with thousands of trained actors and theatrical technicians over the years in its conservatory.
The Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (PCPA) of Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, California supports a unique, fully-accredited vocational training program for aspiring actors and theatre technicians. PCPA is the only training program of its kind offered by a community college in the United States.