Jeff McCarthy Stars in Barrington Stage Co.'s ALL MY SONS, Now thru 8/4
Barrington Stage Company, the award-winning theatre in downtown Pittsfield, under the leadership of Artistic Director, Julianne Boyd, and Managing Director, TriStan Wilson, presents Arthur Miller's landmark American drama ALL MY SONS, from tonight, July 19 through August 4 at the BSC Boyd-Quinson Mainstage (30 Union Street, Pittsfield). Opening Night is Sunday, July 22 at 5pm.
Directed by Julianne Boyd, All My Sons stars Jeff McCarthy (BSC's Sweeney Todd, Follies and Mack & Mabel) as Joe Keller, Lizbeth MacKay (BSC's A View from the Roof) as Kate Keller, Josh Clayton (Chris Keller), Rebecca Brooksher (BSC's Private Lives) as Ann Deever, Andy Nogasky (Frank Lubey), Pilar Witherspoon (Sue Bayliss), Emily Kunkel (Lydia Lubey), Peter Reardon (Dr. Jim Bayliss), Matthew Carlson (George Deever), and Andrew Gillman (Bert).
Set in post-World War II, Arthur Miller's landmark drama examines the relationships between fathers and sons and the price of living the American Dream. An explosive secret threatens to tear the Keller family apart in this powerful play about the conflict between business ethics and taking responsibility for one's actions.
The inspiration for the play came from a wartime anecdote Miller heard about a woman who had turned in her father for delivering defective equipment to the U.S. military. From this Miller shaped a drama not about war, but about a topic he knew better: the working class man.
All My Sons opened on Broadway at the Coronet Theatre on January 29, 1947. The cast included Ed Begley as Joe Keller, Arthur Kennedy and subsequently John Forsythe as Chris Keller, and Karl Malden as George Deever. Directed by Elia Kazan, it won the Tony Award and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award as Best New Play and ran 328 performances. In 1948 a movie version was released with Edward G. Robinson and Burt Lancaster. All My Sons established Miller as an important American playwright and his next three plays - Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, and A View from the Bridge - cemented his position as heir to Eugene O'Neill as one of America's greatest playwrights.
Jeff McCarthy (Joe Keller) At BSC: Julianne Boyd's productions of Sweeney Todd, Follies and Mack & Mabel and a developmental reading of Kunstler. In New York: Urinetown, Chicago, The Pirate Queen, Sympathetic Magic, Side Show, Southern Comfort, Dream True, Beauty & the Beast, Smile, and Zorba. In Los Angeles: City of Angels, The Three Sisters, Search and Destroy, Les Miserables. Recent TV and Film: The Good Wife, Starting Out in the Evening, Law & Order(s), Star Trek(s), Love Monkey and Robo Cop, Consent. Jeff has played La Fenice in Venice, Italy, the amphitheaters of Greece as Agamemnon and Africa as Albert Schweitzer.