It’s been a bit of a journey getting here, but today TimeLine is thrilled to be able to announce that Arthur Miller’s classic drama All My Sons — often named along with Death of Salesman and The Crucible as one of his masterpieces — will launch our 2009-10 season, TimeLine’s 13th season.
All My Sons received the 1947 Tony Awards for Best Play and Best Direction of a Play, for Elia Kazan. TimeLine’s production will mark the play’s return to the Chicago stage for the first time since an acclaimed Broadway revival (famously starring Katie Holmes, as well as John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest and Patrick Wilson) last season.
In All My Sons, a middle-class American family struggles to deal with the loss of one son during World War II and the desire of another son to now marry his brother’s fiancé. As family members and those closest to them try to move forward, an explosive secret from the father’s past threatens to unravel everyone’s hopes for happiness.
It’s a dynamic play that features outstanding roles for actors (look for several TimeLine regulars to be featured). And its themes of responsibility and the examination of an individual’s responsibility to the larger community have great contemporary resonance.