VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Department of Theatre will present Arthur Miller’s classic American drama “All My Sons.” Performances in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre are scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Feb. 25 – 28, and March 1 at 2 p.m.
First staged in 1947, "All My Sons" is Miller's first play to appear on Broadway and his first theatrical success. It confronts morality in the face of desperation, parental responsibility and the deconstruction of the American Dream--themes that are trademarks of Miller's work. Upon its arrival on Broadway, "All My Sons" was especially appealing to a nation that had just emerged from both an economic depression and a war. The play’s themes are as relevant today as they were in 1947.
Paul Petersen of Cheyenne, Wyo., plays Joe Keller, an exonerated war profiteer and the Keller family’s patriarch. Ivory Stahly of Sioux Falls, S.D., plays his wife, Kate, a mother mourning the death of one of her sons during the war. Tyler Hudson of South Sioux City, Neb., plays Chris, their remaining son, and Danielle Heeren of Sioux Falls plays Ann Deever, Chris’ love interest and the daughter of Joe Keller’s ex-business partner. Brian Zealand and Frederick Adams of Omaha, Neb., Shane Sather of Watertown, S.D., Avalon Kann of McGregor, Iowa, and Mary Fitzgibbons of Sioux Falls, round out the cast of neighbors and family members who help move the drama to its cathartic end.
Directed by Professor Ronald L. Moyer, "All My Sons" features scenic and costume designs by theatre faculty members Tim Case and Linda Wigley Scribner. Graduate students Lionel Riley of Chicago, Ill., is lighting designer while Aaron Larson of Chamberlain, S.D., is sound designer for the production.
Tickets to "All My Sons" are $10 for adults, $6 for youth (K-12) and non-USD students, and $4 for USD students with ID. Box office hours are noon to 5 p.m. weekdays and noon to curtain on days of performance beginning Wednesday, Feb. 18. To make reservations, please call (605) 677-5400 or go online at www.usd.edu/cfa/Theatre.
A photograph of Hudson as Chris Keller and Heeren as Ann Deever is available for download at www.usd.edu/urelations/images/All_My_Sons.JPG.