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Alpena Civic Theatre sets casting for ‘All My Sons’

Alpena Civic Theatre is pleased to share that casting has been completed for its upcoming production of Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons.”

​Directed by Carol Rundell and Assistant Director Jessica Luther, the performances are scheduled for March 12-15 and 19-22.​

“All My Sons” was written in 1947 and, in Miller’s words, is “a study of denial, guilt, and social responsibility.”

Joe Keller, a manufacturer of airplane parts, allows a batch of cylinder heads known to be faulty to be sent to the Air Force during World War II. Instead of acknowledging his role in the deaths of 21 pilots, he allows the blame to fall solely on the head of his partner and neighbor Steve Deever. Deever is sent to prison and Keller goes on to become a wealthy man.

The twin shadows of this catastrophe and the fact that the young Keller’s son was reported missing during the war dominate the action. The love affair of Chris Keller and Ann Deever, the bitterness of George Deever returned from the war to find his father in prison and his father’s partner free, are all set in a structure of almost unbearable power. The climax showing the reaction of a son to his guilty father is a fitting conclusion to a play electrifying in its intensity.

When asked why she selected this play, Rundell shared, “As most of my theatre friends know, I am forever drawn to the dramatic plays. This one intrigued me with the family dynamics and the fact that the story is packed tightly with no time for the mind to wander. It’s a peek into the backyard of a seemingly normal family with some not-so-normal secrets.”

Playing the role of Joe Keller is David Usher, and his wife Kate will be portrayed by Marlo Broad. Chris Keller and Ann Deever are played by Joe Rybarczyk and MJ Smith, respectively, with Matt Southwell playing George Deever. Additional cast members include Doug Niergarth as Dr. Jim Bayliss, Dani Ayotte as his wife Sue, Devin Gougeon as Frank Lubey, and Amelia Berles as Lydia Lubey. Neighborhood scamp Bert will be played by Rodney Ayotte.

Individual tickets are $15 per seat for all shows. Student tickets are $8 per seat.For tickets, call 989-354-3624 or for more information visit alpenacivictheater.com.​ ACT is located at 401 River St. in Alpena.

This production of “All My Sons” is produced with the permission of Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Established in 1956, Alpena Civic Theatre is a not for profit, volunteer directed community theatre dedicated to producing and performing high-quality balanced theatrical productions for audiences in the Alpena area and Northeastern Michigan.

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