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March 29, 2005

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University senior theatre major Lee Cromwell will direct four performances of Arthur Miller's "All My Sons" April 8, 9, 10, and 11, beginning each evening at 8 in the Harvey M. Powers Theatre in Coleman Hall at Bucknell.

"All My Sons" received the 1947 Drama Critics Award for the best new American play. Miller's powerful realistic drama probes relationships between fathers and sons and the conflict between business and personal ethics.

A depiction of WWII America and the economic impact of war on families, the play is still compelling today, according to Bob Gainer, associate professor of theatre at Bucknell.

The plot revolves around the interconnected Deever and Keller families. During the war, Joe Keller (played by sophomore Andrew Nogasky) and Herbert Deever ran a machine shop making airplane parts. When a shipment of defective cylinder heads causes the death of more than 20 combat fliers, Deever is found guilty and sentenced to prison while Keller is exonerated.

Keller has two sons: Larry is a pilot who has been declared missing for more than three years, and Chris (played by first-year student Will Winner) who has just returned from combat.

Chris Keller is engaged to Ann Deever (played by first-year student Anastasia Peterson), who is Larry's former fiancee, despite the resistance of Chris's mother, (played by senior Paola Grande) who is in denial about Larry.

The play explores the questions: Will Chris and Ann marry? Will Larry ever be found? What will become of Joe who is at the center of the increasingly troublesome relations amongst his family members? And, most important, can idealism and love exist in a world where the profit motive rules?

The cast also includes sophomore Jon Ginn as George, senior Mike Mellas as Jim, first-year student Janine Merolla as Sue, first-year student Alan Johnson-McNutt as Frank, sophomore Mallory Sweeney as Lydia, and 11-year-old Taylor Lightman of Lewisburg as Bert.

Tickets are $6 for general admission, $4 for senior citizens or educational groups, and can be purchased at the Bucknell Weis Center Box Office at 570-577-1000 or at the door one hour prior to each performance. Tickets also are available by calling 570-577-1000 or online at


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