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Arts at ASU to Present ‘All My Sons’

September 27, 2011

Angelo State University Theatre will present the award-winning Arthur Miller drama “All My Sons” as its first offering of the fall semester beginning on Thursday, Oct. 6, in the ASU Modular Theatre.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. Oct. 6-8 and Oct. 13-15, with a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9. Tickets are $8 for the general public, $4 for non-ASU students, and $3 for ASU students. Admission is free for Arts at ASU subscribers and activity card holders. The Modular Theatre is located in the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building, 2602 Dena Drive.

Dr. Bill Doll, director of ASU University Theatre and professor of drama, is directing the ASU production of the play, which he said was groundbreaking for its time.

“‘All My Sons’ is a straight linear storyline and was Arthur Miller’s first great success,” Doll said. “‘Death of a Salesman,’ which followed closely, really gave us some new theatrical conventions, such as flashbacks and time moving forward. That was really good for theatrical productions.”

“All My Sons” revolves around a machine shop operator, Joe Keller, who makes his partner, Steve Deever, the fall guy after sending out defective parts that failed on warplanes, resulting in many airmen’s deaths. Deever goes to prison, and Keller remains free to get rich.

Mix in a love affair, bitterness over the injustice of Deever’s incarceration, and Keller’s son being reported missing in action, and the audience is presented with a dynamic story. “All My Sons” received the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play in 1947.

ASU student cast members include Marshall Van Pelt as Joe Keller, Victoria Lacy as Kate Keller, Mathew Posey as Chris Keller, Sara K. Phillips as Ann Deever and Bernardino “Chito” Hernandez as George Deever. Other cast members include Larry Hettick, Jamie Westfall, Tyler Tennell, Katie Hejl and Magdalena Hogan.

Production crew members include ASU students Janna Pinson, stage manager; Leigha Murray, assistant stage manager; Martin Rodriguez, master carpenter; Justin Rose, assistant carpenter; Amber Horton, wardrobe manager; Ty Matlock, assistant wardrobe manager; Tiana Sefcik, master electrician/board operator; Meghan Blake, sound technician; Nicole McDonald, properties manager; Amanda Mitchell, box office manager; Deborah Valcin, assistant box office manager; and Amanda Sanders, house manager.

“The students are working hard to elevate the emotional content in a justifiable and honest way, and digging into the characters to see what is going on with them,” Doll said. “We have two student designers working on this production. Martin Rodriguez has designed the set, and Amber Horton has designed the costumes, including a man’s suit, which is one of the hardest things to construct in costuming.”

ASU Theatre technical director and resident scenic and lighting designer is Matt Smith, and Eldra Sanford is the costumer and resident costume designer.

Tickets are on sale in the ASU box office from 2-6 p.m. weekdays in the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building. Call 942-2000 for reservations.

For more information on the production and cast, contact the ASU drama program at 942-2146.