North Adams, MA - Main Street Stage announces open auditions for Arthur Miller’s landmark American drama, All My Sons. Directed by Edward Cating, All My Sons will run March 27, 28, and 29 and April 3, 4, and 5 at 8 pm. Actors should exhibit a familiarity with Miller's text and have prepared a 1 – 2 minute monologue that demonstrates their versatility and comfort with mid-20th century naturalism. Actors may be asked to read sides from the play with other actors, and may be called back on subsequent days.
Open Call: Friday, January 2, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Open Call: Saturday, January 3, 3:30pm – 6:30pm
Call backs: Sunday, January 4, 4pm – 7pm
We are seeking men who can believably portray characters in their early 30's, 40's and late 50's to mid 60's; women who can believably portray characters in their early-to-mid 20's, late 30's to early 40's and mid 50's to early 60's; and one boy about 12 years of age.
Winner of the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best New Play in 1947, All My Sons established Arthur Miller as a leading voice in the American theater. All My Sons introduced themes that thread through Miller's work as a whole: the relationships between fathers and sons and the conflict between business and personal ethics.
With today’s national headlines of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, executives and financial officers of major corporations behind bars, and fears of financial collapse, All My Sons startles with a contemporary relevance for American audiences now. World War II has ended as Joe Keller, an airplane parts manufacturer, is caught in a personal battle between individual responsibility and business success that could threaten his tenuous hold on the American dream.
All My Sons was Arthur Miller’s first Broadway success. 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. All My Sons contains all the elements of classical tragedy. Miller was one of the first modern playwrights to transfer tragedy from the aristocracy into the homes and backyards of common working people.
All My Sons opened on Broadway at the Coronet Theatre on January 29, 1947. The cast included. Ed Begley, Sr. as Joe Keller, Arthur Kennedy and subsequently John Forsythe as Chris Keller, and Karl Malden as George Deever. Directed by Elia Kazan, it received 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.
Main Street Stage is a non-profit theater company in Western Massachusetts, USA. We are committed to theater with pluck and mettle. We strive to create a community that fosters young artists and nurtures an atmosphere where artistic impulses are respected, coaxed and acted upon.