All My Sons (1997) Production Files

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Identifier: SONS1997
Inclusive Dates: 1997
Roundabout Theatre Company staged Arthur Miller's All My Sons at the Criterion Center Laura Pels Theatre, with first preview March 29, 1997, opening night May 4, and closing night June 29, 1997. The play won the 1998 Lucille Lortel award for Outstanding Revival and was nominated for a Drama Desk award for Outstanding Revival of a Play.

Barry Edelstein directed a production of All My Sons at The Williamstown Theatre Festival in 1996, with some of the same cast.

Writing for The New York Times, Ben Brantley praised the production, stating that it was an "attention-commanding revival" and "the machinery of the well-made play is indeed visible here (right down to a climax-precipitating letter, produced at the last minute), but that doesn't dilute the strength of Mr. Miller's skills as a storyteller." [New York Times, May 5, 1997]

Directed by Barry Edelstein, with set design by Narelle Sissons, costume design by Angela Wendt, lighting design by Donald Holder, sound design by Kurt B. Kellenberger, and hair and make up design by David Santana.

John Cullum played the part of Joe Keller, Linda Stephens played the part of Kate Keller, Michael Hayden played the part of Chris Keller, Angie Phillips played the part of Ann Deever, Stephen Barker Turner played the part of George Deever,  Anne Lange played the part of Dr. Jim Bayliss, Jed Diamond played the part of Frank Lubey, Keira Naughton played the part of Lydia Lubey and Sean Fredricks played the part of Bert. Standbys: Robert Stattel, Phyllis Sommerville. Understudies: Brian Keane, Ryan Shively, Keira Naughton, Jed Diamond, Kate Hampton, Jeffrey Stroming. 
"With All My Sons, Arthur Miller has taken a public event and turned it into the personal drama of a private life. The plot was inspired by a true story told to Miller by a friend. The story involved a family from the mid-west which had been destroyed when the daughter had reported her father for selling faulty machinery to the Army during World War II. Miller saw the opportunity to explore the underlying motivations that would drive a man to commit such an act."  [Roundabout Theatre Page to Stage Guide]

The play opened on Broadway in 1947, directed Elia Kazan. Several productions - both in the US and internationally - have been staged along with a 1948 film adaptation.
Production records consist of one Hollinger box spanning 13 folders. The records give a high overview of the production but lack detailed stage documentation (set/costume/lighting design drawings or notes), prompt script or performance reports to provide a comprehensive vision or arc of the production. 

Digital files include:
Media file (broll video) (60 GB)
Playbill (JPG scans) (34 MB)
Photograph file (12 black and white production shots; 1 cast/crew image; 13 black and white contact sheets, TIFF) (1.49 GB)
Show art file (PDF of windowcard) (58.6 MB)
Stage management file (1 Word memo) (18 KB)
Education file (PDF of study guide) (821 KB)

Marketing file includes:
Artwork mock ups
Access Restrictions: Open and available for research by appointment only, except as when noted.
Preferred Citation: All My Sons (1997), Roundabout Theatre Company Archives
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All My Sons (1997)