Southeastern Theatre to present "All My Sons"
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Southeastern Theatre presents “All My Sons” – Lead character Joe Keller, right, played by Terrell Robinson of Livingston, listens to his neighbors Dr. Jim Bayless, left, (Matt Green of Mandeville) and Frank Lubey (Mark Bryan of Covington) in rehearsals for Southeastern’s production of All My Sons. Southeastern Theatre will present Arthur Miller’s classic play Oct. 12 – 15 in the Vonnie Borden Theatre at 7:30 p.m. as part of the university’s Fanfare schedule.
HAMMOND – “All My Sons,” the tragic tale of a post-World War II family impacted by the death of a son and the criminal misdeeds of a father, will take the stage at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Vonnie Borden Theatre Oct. 12-15 at 7:30 p.m.
Southeastern Theatre is presenting the classic Arthur Miller play as part of Fanfare, the university’s annual fall festival of the arts, humanities and social sciences. Performed initially on Broadway in 1947, the play earned Miller a Tony Award for best author and established him as one of the leading American playwrights of his time.
General admission tickets are $10; $5 for Southeastern faculty and staff, seniors and non-Southeastern students; and Southeastern students are admitted free with university I.D. Tickets are available at the Vonnie Borden box office in D Vickers Hall, 985-549-2115.
“All My Sons” takes place in a typical American suburb and tells the story of Joe Keller, co-owner of an airplane parts factory. After knowingly shipping faulty parts to the U.S. Armed Forces that results in the deaths of more than 20 American pilots, Keller manages to shift the entire blame to his business partner and neighbor Steve Deever. When Deever’s daughter Ann and Keller’s son Chris announce plans to marry, facts about the case become much clearer and Keller is forced to confront his own guilt.
The play is directed by Chad Winters, instructor of acting and directing.
“’All My Sons’ is one of my favorite plays and its message is still as timely as when it was first performed back in 1947,” Winters said. “The pursuit of wealth and the ‘American Dream’ can often lead us down a dark path. How far are we willing to go for money, money, money?”
Playing the lead role of Joe Keller is Terrell Robinson of Livingston, with Dani DeMontluzin of New Orleans playing his wife Kate. Son Chris is played by Colby Bankston of Tecumseh, Mich., while Chelsea Krause of Baton Rouge plays Ann.
Others appearing in the play are Byron Robinson of Baton Rouge (George Deever), and Keller’s neighbors are played by Matt Green of Mandeville, Lynsey Manley and Mark Bryan of Covington, and M.J. Moran of Metairie. The role of Bert, a boy from the neighborhood, is played by Dawson Gildig of Albany.
Key student contributors to the production include stage manager Cindy Davidson of Covington, set design by Amanda Klipsch of Mandeville, properties management by Stephen Varnado of Zachary and sound design by Matt Kozel of Ponchatoula. Lighting design is handled by Steve Schepker, professor of theatre design and technical directing, with costume design by theatre instructor Cody Stockstill.