The University of Rhode Island’s Fine Arts Center Feb. 19 through March 1, will present Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons,” by the URI Theatre Department .
Miller, one of America’s greatest playwrights sets “All My Sons” in a midwestern community soon after World War II. Inspired by a true story, Miller was intent on exposing the fragility of the American Dream. He explores the destructive power of greed and misguided love as demonstrated byÂ Joe Keller, the loving, shortsighted family patriarch.
Director Bryna Wortman and student Diego Guedara both are excited for audiences to experience the works of Arthur Miller. Each year The Faculty of Student Representatives meet to choose what plays should be shown for each season/semester. They look for a combination of what is entertaining for the audience and for a play that will address the curriculum.
“All My Sons” addresses family drama within three tragedies one of which involves a married couple who is in an interracial marriage. Wortman said her hope for this play is for the audience to see the brilliance of Miller’s writing and principals of loyalties to blood relatives and people all around us. One of Wortman’s favorite parts about directing this play was always getting a group of talented young and old individuals and watch how they enter into the world of theater.
Junior Diego Guedara with his third year in the theatre department was inspired to audition for this play by Miller’s use of morals and true family value. To Guedara, these two ideals are very important to him. His character, Chris Keller, son to Joe and Kate Keller, face the death of their youngest son Larry, but as tragic as the loss is for Chris’s parents, he rises above. It is his passion to stand up for what he believes in that Guedara also hopes to implement in his own life on a daily basis.
“[Rehearsals are] a Tuesday through Sunday schedule,” he said. “We have Mondays off and we like to call it our dark day.” He said the director gives the cast a to do list in order for the practice to run smoothly. In addition, he explained how the cast is asked to come prepared with knowing their lines prior to rehearsal. “There is a lot of freedom on stage,” he said. “We are encouraged to become our characters and try new things on stage in order to understand their personalities better.”
Like Wortman, Guedara also hopes that the audience will be open and be able to relate to the characters like he did with Chris Keller. “All My Sons” shines among Miller’s greatest plays, “Death of a Salesman”, “The Crucible”Â andÂ “A View From the Bridge.” With its true and tender romance, its father-son conflict and its sense of impending catastrophe, this story takes hold of imaginations.
On Sunday Feb. 22 the URI Theatre program will be holding a “Can we better” panel post-performance, free to the public and students to attend to give their feedback on the play and the overall job of the theatre program for this production.