On Thursday, October 11th, at 6 p.m. in the Handwerker Gallery, the On the Verge play-reading series will present a staged reading of Arthur Miller’s first major success, All My Sons. The reading has been directed by Claire Gleitman (Professor, English), and the cast includes faculty members (Greg Bostwick, Kathleen Mulligan, Dean Robinson, Paula Murray Cole, Theatre Arts), students (Jahmar Ortiz, Sara Gutierrez, Dhruv Iyengar, Lawrence Bierria and Lydia Kelly, Theatre Arts), and a member of the Ithaca community (Andrew Breen). Alisar Awwad is assistant directing and Reagan Black is the stage manager (students, Theatre Arts).
All My Sons is about a conflict between self-interest and social responsibility as dramatized by one man’s choice to prioritize familial security and comfort over the larger social good. The action takes place in the back yard of Joe Keller’s suburban home, which he views as a bastion of security in an insecure world. Yet the Kellers are emblematic, for Miller, of America’s abandonment of a collectivist sensibility, which the play suggests has devastating consequences for both the public and private domains. All My Sons has renewed relevance in our own moment, when the mantra of the president of the United States—“Make America Great Again”—is arguably coded nostalgia for just the era in which All My Sons takes place. This was an era, it is worth noting, when consumerism, isolationism, white privilege and strictly defined gender roles were all actively prized and encouraged by the US government.
Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Claire Gleitman at firstname.lastname@example.org or (607) 274-3893. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.