75 years later, All My Sons Continues to Explore The American Dream

CT Latino News


HARTFORD—All My Sons joins Hartford Stage’s 2023-2024 season with a timely and honest portrayal of our country. Directed by Melia Bensussen, the classic performance runs from April 11 to May 5, 2024. 

In 1947, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Arthur Miller opened All My Sons in New York City as a powerful commentary piece on the American Dream and military-industrial complex. The emotionally complex performance won the Drama Critics’ Award for Best New Play, drawing mainstream attention to Miller’s work. 

All My Sons tells the story of Joe Keller who co-owned a munitions factory with his friend and neighbor during World War II. Joe’s partner is convicted of shipping defective aircraft engines while Joe is exonerated. In the aftermath of the war, each generation of the Keller family must confront a long-hidden secret that may come to light. The performance explores the Keller family’s dynamics as they deal with shame, greed, guilt, denial, and grief.

All My Sons brings us into the Keller’s backyard, where a neighborhood is forced to reckon with buried truths, leading to the unraveling of a family,” reads Hartford Stage’s play description. “More than seventy-five years later, this Arthur Miller classic still packs a strong emotional punch and reveals as much about today’s America as it did when it first premiered.”

Author of Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, and A View from the Bridge, Miller explores political and societal issues in his works, such as guilt and blame, society and individuality, and the American dream.

The performance stars Marsha Mason as “Kate Keller,” Ben Katz as “Chris Keller,” Michael Gaston as “Joe Keller,” Fiona Robberson as “Ann Deever,” Caitlin Zoz as “Lydia Lubey,” Puerto Rican native Yadira Correa as “Sue Bayliss”—working with theaters across the country, she received a Best Ensemble, Jeff Award for MACHOS in 2008—Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr. as “Dr. Jim Bayliss,” Malachy Glanovsky as “Bert,” “Reece Dos Santos” as George Deever, and Dan Whelton as “Frank Lubey.”

Publisher’s Notes: CT Latino News is proud to partner with Hartford Stage in supporting the state’s Arts and Culture.