Plainfield High School presents Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons” at 7 p.m. April 11, 2 p.m. April 12, and 7 p.m. April 12.
“All My Sons” was crafted by Miller over the course of several years, and features many of the same themes as one of his other best-known works, “Death of a Salesman.” The tricky dynamics of family (especially between fathers and sons), facing the truth versus sheltering loved ones, the cost of the pursuit of the American dream, and the sometimes-apparent flaws of the legal system are all on the table for dissection in this play.
Several cast members remarked that they have enjoyed working on the piece as such a small group.
Jordan Johnson said, “This is a smaller cast, and that has allowed us to grow closer as a group, and deal with the difficult issues the show deals with in a more intimate way.”
In “All My Sons,” the family of Joe Keller marches on, recovering from World War II and additional personal trauma, all the while wondering about the fate of their own Larry, a son and brother marked with the status Missing In Action. Just underneath the surface of the family’s veneer are secrets, lies, and guilt.
Cast member Thomas Whitcomb said, “I think the main theme — the main question of the play is: how important is honesty? Especially with your family members. What do secrets do to a family? People of all ages understand that today, still.”
Fellow cast member Annie Planker added, “I love that this play is still very relevant. Even though the time period is the 1940s, people still deal with these issues. It doesn’t seem like a story that would have occurred very long ago.”
Tickets are $6 for students and senior citizens and $7 for other adults.