The Theater Program at AIC will present Arthur Miller's, "All my Sons," April 19, and 20 at 7:00 p.m. and April 21 at 2:00 p.m. in the Esther B. Griswold Theatre for the Performing Arts on the AIC campus.
Admission is free and donations are appreciated.
The play chronicles the downfall of a family due to the loss of their son in WWII. Frank Borrelli of West Springfield, AIC Director of Theater, said the choice of All My Sons is quite timely. "The theater program chose this play to produce because it is a staple in the American Theater and yet is relevant to any country, culture, society, or family that has secrets that a deep and dark. This play represents any family dealing with a loss, or a challenging truth. Our students are eager to work on the play and we have put together a cast and crew of high quality theater artists," said Borrelli.
Although the play is not based from a veteranís perspective about post-traumatic stress disorder, The Keller family is hounded by their own guilt, paranoia, and fear of familial lies destroying their life. The loss of a son in war, the incriminating evidence produced about the patriarch of the family and lies that surface throughout the play lead to the familiesí downfall.
"Never before in our history have we had so many veterans openly dealing with and being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder. This disorder affects ones family in ways that can produce irreparable damage," he said.
"We all have family secrets that we want to hide or that we forget as the hustle and bustle of life overwhelms our reality. The truth always surfaces and denial of that truth may result in disintegration of the world as you know it. The play is an American Classic and the mission of the new theater program at AIC is to produce a good mix of classical and modern/new work to engage our students in a dialogue about the importance and relevance of theater on a college campus," Borrelli said.