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The Theater Arts Program at American International College offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts. The courses offered in the program give students the opportunity to work in the areas of Performance, Technical Theater, Theory and History of Theater. The program is focused on developing well rounded artists that can work in a variety of areas in the competitive business of theater.
The Theater Program at American International College currently offers a minor in theater arts and produces two productions each academic year. The theater program is growing and currently gives students a base understanding of theater arts through the current courses offered. Students are also given opportunities to apply what they have learned each semester in the current production based theater workshop courses. If interested in learning more about the theater minor click on the links.
The Garret Players, the student theater organization on campus is devoted to supporting and producing theater productions on campus in conjunction with the Department of Theater Arts. The Garret Players were founded many years ago by various members of the college community due to their interest in the collaborative art of theater. The mission of the Garret Players is to broaden the dialogue about theater on campus and in the surrounding community by volunteering with community based arts organizations and by fundraising for theatrical productions and events on campus.
The Theater Program at American International College proudly presents Arthur Miller's, All My Sons through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. NY, NY. All My Sons will be presented April 19th, and 20th at 7pm and 21st at 2p.m. in the Esther B. Griswold Theatre for the Performing Arts on the AIC campus. Admission is free and donations are appreciated.
All My Sons, represents a time gone by while offering up a mirror image to a contemporary society that shares similar challenges & pressures. This play chronicles the life and times of the Keller family. Mourning the loss of a son in WWII the family works to maintain a sense of normalcy while battling past lies, denial and an ever encroaching end to life as they know it. The Keller family and their neighbors live in a seemingly pure and familiar space that due to its secrets and sad history is swept away to reveal a broken family torn apart by lies.
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.
During the war Joe Keller and Herbert Deever ran a machine shop which made airplane parts. Deever was sent to prison because the firm turned out defective parts, causing the deaths of many men. Keller went free and made a lot of money. The twin shadows of this catastrophe and the fact that the young Keller son was reported missing during the war dominate the action. The love affair of Chris Keller and Ann Deever, the bitterness George Deever returning from the war to find his father in prison and his fatherís partner free, are all set in a structure of almost unbearable power. The climax showing the reaction of a son to his guilty father is a fitting conclusion to a play electrifying in its intensity.
(The above statement has been provided and compiled by Dramatists Play Service, NY, NY)