Q. Why did you choose "All My Sons" as your fall play?
Laura Whalen. I chose "All My Sons" because it is an important piece of theatrical literature written by a very important American playwright, Arthur Miller. It is also challenging for the actors and I have some very strong seniors that I wanted to showcase.
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Q. Briefly summarize the plot -- what is this play about?
Whalen. "All My Sons" is the story of the Kellers -- a family living in a small American town just after World War II -- whose son disappeared during the war. When the missing son's fiancee arrives in town, the family's secrets will be exposed with tragic consequences.
Q. About how many people (actors, directors, musicians, tech crew, volunteers, etc.) are involved with the production?
Whalen. We have a cast of 10 actors and two understudies. About 30 crew members helped to build the amazing set designed by our technical director, Chris West.
Q. What have been some of the challenges in putting together this production?
Whalen. This is an emotionally challenging play for the four main characters. It was important for the actors to create real relationships with each other so they could access the emotions required for the climax of the show.
Q. What makes this show unique?
Whalen. Because the show is so emotionally charged, it is not often produced at the high school level.
Q. Is there anything else you'd like to tell readers about this show?
Whalen. Prior to this show, Arthur Miller hadn't had a successful play on Broadway and was considering giving up plays for good. The success of this show is what began his long and illustrious career as one of the greatest American playwrights. I think the desperation he felt is evident in the characterizations in the play.
If you go: "All My Sons" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8-9 at Cary-Grove High School, 2208 Three Oaks Road, Cary. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Call (847) 639-3825 or visit the Cary-Grove Drama Facebook page.