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Stage Door Productions is proud to present their first production of the season, All My Sons, by Arthur Miller.

You will definitely want to check out this production based upon a true story which Miller’s former mother-in-law had seen in an Ohio newspaper. The story described how, at the height of World War II in 1941 through 1943, the Wright Aeronautical Corporation had worked in conjunction with Army officers to approve defective aircraft engines to be utilized for the war effort. Investigators working for President Harry Truman’s congressional investigative board had learned about the issue when several company workers blew the whistle and would later testify under oath before Congress concerning the matter.

Miller’s first play to be performed on Broadway, The Man Who Had All the Luck, was a failure. Miller wrote All My Sons as a last effort to achieve success as a playwright and he did! Check out this interview with Miller discussing more about his aspirations in writing All My Sons!

The play opened on Broadway in the Coronet Theatre (now known as the Eugene O’Neil Theatre) on January 29, 1947, and closed on November 8, 1947, running for 348 performances. Actors in the initial run included Ed Begley and Karl Malden. The play earned Miller his first Tony Award for Best Author and also won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a play in 1947. As we know now, Miller would go on to achieve more success with other plays such as Death of A Salesman (1949), earning him the Tony Award for Best Author in 1949, and The Crucible (1953).

The Eugene O'Neil Theatre (then known as the Coronet Theatre) in New York City where All My Sons opened in 1947!

The Eugene O’Neil Theatre (then known as the Coronet Theatre) in New York City where All My Sons opened in 1947!

Come see this stirring work that explores the idea of the American Dream and was noticeable enough that Miller was called to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1950s!

Miller had this to say about All My Sons his book Collected Plays:

The success of a play, especially one’s first success, is somewhat like pushing against a door which is suddenly opened from the other side. One may fall on one’s face or not, but certainly a new room is opened that was always securely shut until then. For myself, the experience was invigorating. It made it possible to dream of daring more and risking more. The audience sat in silence before the unwinding of All My Sons and gasped when they should have, and I tasted that power which is reserved, I imagine, for playwrights, which is to know that by one’s invention a mass of strangers has been publicly transfixed.

You will definitely want to come out and see Stage Door Productions bring Arthur Miller’s work to life and experience exactly what Miller saw the audience experience in viewing this show!

Performances will be held at the Kitt Creative Studios at 810 Caroline Street in Fredericksburg, Virginia, 22401. Click on the dates below to order your tickets!

Friday, February 20th @ 7:30 pm

Saturday, February 21st @ 7:30 pm

Sunday, February 22nd @ 4:00 pm

Friday, February 27th @ 7:30 pm

Saturday, February 28th @ 7:30 pm

 

Eugene O’Neil Theatre photo courtesy of www.vipseats.com

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