"All My Sons," written by Arthur Miller, will be Brainerd Community Theatre’s next production with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 5-7; 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 12-13; and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, in the Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College.
In "All My Sons" we meet the Keller family: Joe, the patriarch, who owns and operates a factory that produced aircraft engine parts for use in fighter planes in World War II; his wife, Kate, who is struggling to keep alive the memory of son Larry, missing and presumed dead by everyone but Kate; and Chris, surviving son and veteran of many battles in the war, who has returned home only to be disillusioned at the type of society that sees a war as little more than "a bus accident."
Ann Deever was Larry’s fiancée, now romantically attached to Chris and ready to move on with life by marrying him. Her father was Joe’s business partner, now serving time in prison for covering up the defects in the engine parts that eventually led to the deaths of 21 pilots. Joe has been exonerated, but perhaps there is more to the story, especially when Ann’s brother, George ,arrives after visiting their incarcerated father with a different take on what happened on the day the faulty parts were shipped.
“The play has a lot of humor in it, but at its core it’s a story of how we all struggle to maintain relationships even in the presence of secrets, lies and rationalizations,” said director Patrick Spradlin. “In greater or lesser degrees, each audience member will find a point of connection to their own experiences.”
The cast includes: M.S. Bernard as Joe Keller, Rebecca Timmins as Kate, Alex Erickson as Chris, Karla Johnson as Ann, Travis Chaput as George Deever, Kevin Yeager as Frank Lubey, Abi Kiehlbauch as Lydia Lubey, Mike Paulus as Dr. Jim Bayliss, Andrea Anderson as Sue Bayliss, and Rowan King as Bert.
The creative team includes set designer Tim Leagjeld, lighting designer Heidi Eckwall, costume designer Sharon Hartley, and sound designer Ben Kent. George Marsolek is technical director, and Lorri Jager is production stage manager.