All My Sons
A drama by Arthur Miller
Directed by Michelle Grotness
Joe Keller, a successful businessman, lives comfortably with his wife, Kate, and son, Chris, in a suburban American neighborhood. They have only one sadness in their lives – the loss of their other son, Larry, who went missing in World War II. Chris is eager to bury the past as he begins to court his brother's fiance, Ann. However, when we learn that Ann's father is in prison, framed by his former business partner, Joe; the family learns that the sins of the past cannot be forgotten.
Auditions take place Monday September 16th and September July 17th beginning at 7:00 PM. Auditions consist of cold readings from the script. Auditioners are welcome to attend both evenings of auditions, but it is not required. There is no pay. Headshot and resume are recommended but not required.
Rehearsals will generally be Monday through Thursday 7-10:00 pm. A more detailed rehearsal schedule will be provided at auditions.
All My Sons Performs Jan 25 - Feb 10, 2020
(5 Men, 4 Women, 1 Boy)
Joe Keller – (Male, 50-60) A business man, though a self-made one, who still has the sense of the machine-shop worker about him. There is a hardness under the ease he presents to the world that shows the kind of man it would take to make the hard decisions that have gotten Joe where is today. A man among men, Joe is calm and dependable, a man who has seemingly made his peace with the tragedies that life has dealt him.
Kate Keller - (Female, 50-60) Joe’s wife and Chris’s mom“…a woman of uncontrolled inspirations, and an overwhelming capacity for love.” Kate is holding onto hope that her soldier son, who is missing and presumed dead, is still coming home. And the emotional strain of this is catching up with Kate. She wants desperately to return things to the way they were before the war dealt multiple blows to her family.
Chris Keller – (Male, late 20’s early 30’s) Definitely Joe Keller’s son. Solidly built, a listener and capable of great loyalty, though he is chafing somewhat at the expectations of his parents. Chris is struggling to come out of the shadow of his dead younger brother, and struggling with the desire to please both his parents, while living a life he can be proud to call his own. He has a deep love and respect for Ann and hopes that she can be his path to a new future. The play’s romantic lead. We want to root for him.
Ann Deever – (Female, 20’s or 30’s) Chris’s somewhat girlfriend. Larry Keller’s former fiancée, she has come home to the old neighborhood to pursue a romance with Chris, Larry’s older brother. A beautiful young woman, gentle and earnest, Ann can hold her own with any character in the play. She is strong and has overcome the challenges that life has thrown her way with dignity.
George Deever – (Male, 20’s early 30’s) Lawyer and son of Joe’s partner, around Chris’s age. A serious man, a war vet and lawyer, who until recently had cut off ties to his father in prison. Now, he is on the warpath to set things right and make sure that Joe Keller pays for the damage he did to the Deevers. Has no interest in seeing his sister get married to Chris, and is not shy about voicing the fact. An intense righteousness lives within this man.
Jim Bayliss – (Male,40’s or 50’s) A successful doctor and an easy-going man, neighbors with the Kellers, quick to make jokes about his lot in life, but perhaps there is a sad truth to those jokes. An intuitive and smart man, he tries very hard to see that everyone is taken care of.
Sue Bayliss – (Female, 40’s or 50’s) Jim’s wife, she is cynical and pragmatic, and wants her husband to keep the money coming in and not get caught up in idealistic fantasies.
Frank Lubey – (Male, 30’s) Described as “a pleasant, opinionated man, uncertain of himself, with a tendency towards peevishness when crossed, but always wanting it pleasant and neighborly.” Married to Lydia. Grew up with Chris, George, Lydia and Ann in the neighborhood.
Lydia Lubey – (Female, 20’s or 30’s) Married to Frank, mother of three. Laughs easily, and other than her children, doesn’t have a care in the world. Used to have a thing with Ann’s brother George.
Bert – (Male, 8-12) Young curious boy who lives on the block; plays cop-and-robber games with Joe Keller, to his anxious Mother’s chagrin.
8PM Shows: Jan 24, 25, 31, Feb 1, 7, 8
2PM Shows: Jan 26, Feb 2, 8, 9
Auditions Sep 16 & 17