River Rep Stages All My Sons at Ivoryton Playhouse July 13-23

News   River Rep Stages All My Sons at Ivoryton Playhouse July 13-23 All My Sons, Arthur Miller's drama about moral choices and family dynamics, begins a run by River Rep at the Ivoryton Playhouse July 13 in Ivoryton, Connecticut.

Performances by River Rep, the resident Equity summer company at the historic venue, continue to July 23.

Hardly light summer fare, the issue-charged tragedy — a favorite Miller work for many of his fans — is part of River Rep's mission to provide a range of comedies, dramas and musicals in the small Connecticut town. Proof was a success there last season, in a year that also offered The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Light Up the Sky.

The 1947 play by the author of Death of a Salesman focuses on the Kellers, a midwestern family struggling with secrets. The father, Joe, has built a successful manufacturing firm which has come under investigation for the sale of defective parts to the military. When 21 pilots die as a result, he is arrested and tried but is cleared. Questions arise over who was really responsible for shipping the bad parts. Meanwhile, the mother, Kate, is distraught about her MIA son, Larry, and her other son's announcement that he will marry his brother's old girlfriend.

Warren Kelley, River Rep artistic director, directs as cast that includes Evan Thompson as Joe Keller; Joan Shepard as his wife, Kate; Stephen Kunken as his son, Chris; Jenn Thompson as Ann Deever; Owen Thompson, as her brother, George; with J.H. Torrance Downes as Dr. Jim Bayliss, Elisabeth Rodgers as Sue Bayliss, Chris Haulter as Frank Lubey, Elizabeth Munn as Lydia Lubey, and Adam Heavens as Bert.

Performances of All My Sons are Tuesday through Saturday at 8 PM; Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2:30 PM; Sunday Twilight matinee at 5 PM. There will be a talk-back session Thursday July 14 after the performance. Ticket prices are $27-$29. For more information, call (860) 767-8348 or visit www.riverrep.com.

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The third River Rep production of 2005 will be Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado July 27-Aug. 6, followed by Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband Aug. 10-20 and then Donald Margulies' Dinner With Friends Aug. 24-Sept. 4.

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