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Arts / Entertainment

All My Sons by Arthur Miller Dec. 2-11

December 2, 2010

'All My Sons' gripped a post-war America when it opened on Broadway in 1947 and has become an American classic. The chilling drama explores the complex relationships between fathers and sons and the conflicts between dubious business ethics and personal morality.

The SOA's production of All My Sons features an intricate and stunning set that rivals any big city professional production. Image Courtesy of Rice River Photography.

Dec. 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 5, 2 p.m.
University Center for the Arts
University Theatre


The audience sat in silence before the unwinding of "All My Sons" and gasped when they should have, and I tasted that power which is reserved, I imagine, for playwrights, which is to know that by one's invention a mass of strangers has been publicly transfixed.

~ Playwright Arthur Miller about All My Sons, his first successful play

School of Arts stages Miller's play

CSU Theatre presents All My Sons by Arthur Miller. Reminiscent of Greek tragedy and the role moral decisions have in conducting one’s life, All My Sons won the 1947 Tony Award for Best Authored Play and New York Critics Circle Award for Best Play.

With an intricate and stunning set that rivals any big city professional production, the play is directed by a special guest, Colorado State University Emeritus Theatre Professor Morris Burns, who was the recipient of the 2005 Colorado Higher Education Theatre Educator of the Year. 

Complexities of relationships and personal morality

Playwright Arthur Miller's play was based on reports of a young woman who reported her father to the FBI for having manufactured and sold faulty aircraft parts during WWII.

The character Kate Keller knows that Joe is guilty but lives in denial. Image courtesy of Rice River Photography.

The plot gripped a post-war American audience when it opened on Broadway in 1947. The chilling drama explores the complex relationships between fathers and sons, and the conflicts between dubious business ethics and personal morality.

Play synopsis

The brilliant American classic by the author of Death of a Salesman, tells the story of Joe Keller, a businessman who not only caused deaths by producing faulty airplane cylinder heads, but allowed his partner to be the scapegoat. Keller’s son, a returning veteran, exposes the misguided actions, leaving his father in total isolation.

“A 2009 Broadway revival starring John Lithgow, alongside new reports about the role that flawed equipment played in the death of American military personnel in the Iraq War, have brought All My Sons back into America’s consciousness,” said director Morris Burns.

Commitment to Campus event

CSU faculty and staff may use free tickets received through the Commitment to Campus program to attend this event. Youth tickets (17 and under) are $1 each, so a family of four may attend the concert for just $2.

To redeem your complimentary pair of tickets, stop by the Ticket Office at the University Center for the Arts, or UCA, 1400 Remington St., during office hours on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday from 2–5 p.m., or call (970) 491-2787. Please have your CSU employee ID ready. 

Regular ticket prices

  • $9/CSU students
  • $18/public

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Contact: Jennifer Clary
E-mail: Jennifer.clary@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-3603