All My Sons
About All My Sons
From Roundabout Theatre Company, award-winning actors Annette Bening and Tracy Letts return to Broadway in the play that launched Arthur Miller as the moral voice of the American Theater. In the aftermath of WWII, the Keller family struggles to stay intact and to fight for their future when a long-hidden secret threatens to emerge—forcing them to reckon with greed, denial, repentance, and post-war disenchantment across generations. Directed by Jack O'Brien.
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Tony Award nominee Annette Bening and Tony winner Tracy Letts costar as the conflicted and grief-stricken Kellers in the third Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons.” In the work that launched the Pulitzer-winning playwright’s career, Joe and Kate Keller are impatiently waiting for their son, Larry, to come home from World War II — even though it’s been three years or so since he’s gone missing.
While Kate remains hopeful for his return, her other son, Chris, has already moved on — so much so, that he’s planning to propose to his brother’s former fiancée, Ann. Things become complicated, however, when it’s revealed that Ann’s father is in prison for a war crime he committed with the help of Joe Keller. As details begin to unravel as to why the two fathers sold defective parts for use in war planes, secrets, and motives are unearthed over the course of Miller’s tragic tale that divide the Kellers even further.
What To Watch For
- “All My Sons” premiered on Broadway in 1947, and it was revived in 1987 and 2008, making this production its third revival. It has also been adapted into films in 1948, 1958 and 1987 as well as a 1950 radio play.
- This Broadway production will run at the same time as a British revival, starring Sally Field and Bill Pullman, at London’s Old Vic.
- Renowned director Elia Kazan helmed the original production of “All My Sons”; Miller dedicated the play to Kazan, who is said to have guided Miller through rewrites and rehearsals.
- Arthur Miller wrote “All My Sons” after his first play, “The Man Who Had All the Luck” lasted on Broadway for only four performances. “All My Sons” was Miller’s final attempt before finding “some other line of work.”
- “All My Sons” is based on a true story that Miller read in an Ohio newspaper, which described how the Wright Aeronautical Corporation conspired with army inspection officers to approve defective aircraft engines.