Abbey Players Perform Miller’s “All My Sons”

November 5, 2019

By Samantha Jette '20

The Abbey Players will perform their first major production this academic year, Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, November 7-9 at 7:30 p.m., in the Dana Center for the Humanities. Abbey Players Director and English professor, Dr. Landis Magnuson, will lead the show, along with associate director, Cole Crusciel ’20, a philosophy and English double major.

Set in the aftermath of World War II, Miller’s play follows the Keller family as they cope with the loss of their son. When a hidden secret is revealed, the family struggles to remain intact.

The Abbey Players’ performance has a ten-person cast including Phillip Dragone '21 as Joe Keller, Morganne Mutkoski '22 as Kate Keller, Bryan Lavoie ’22 as Chris Keller, and Nicole Sherwood ’21 as Ann Deever.

The three-act show showcases a static set that draws attention to the actors. Crusciel notes that although a basic set places more focus on the actors' performance, his fellow Abbey Players rose to the challenge.

In addition, this is only the third time the Abbey Players have presented an Arthur Miller production which is considered a challenging play. The element of drama means that the performers must sell the emotion without seeming unnatural or scripted. Dragone said that the drama genre makes this show different from previous Abbey Players performances. “Most people who have seen me on the Dana stage have seen my comedic side, but it has been an absolute honor to be given the opportunity to showcase my abilities as a dramatic actor.”

All My Sons marks Crusciel’s second show as associate director. As with any play, a great deal of work goes into the planning process so Magnuson and Crusciel spent the summer reading and analyzing Miller’s script, in order to get a feel for how different characters should be interpreted, as well as the way certain scenes should be played.

While fulfilling the large role of associate director, Crusciel humbly gives credit to the actors, “I actually feel like I do very little for the production in the grand scheme of things. What is put on stage is the work and talent of the actors. I just try to nudge the cast in the right direction and provide feedback to help shape the show,” he said.

All My Sons is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online on the Abbey Players’ website.

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