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A Lie of a Life

February 1, 2012

Every day, we make decisions. Decisions for good. Decisions for bad. We don't always know the outcome of our decisions right away. And sometimes, how we react to bad decisions is just as important as the original decision we made. Noted playwright Arthur Miller takes a look at the consequences of decisions in "All My Sons," the next production to be performed by the Averett theatre department. "All My Sons" will be performed Feb. 23-25 at 7:30 p.m. in Pritchett Auditorium.

Based on a true story, "All My Sons" takes place following World War II and follows the Keller family. At the head of the Keller family is Joe Keller, who loves his family more than anything; and who, during the war, was head of a business that made aero engine parts. Unbeknownst to all but his wife, Kate, he has sacrificed everything, including his honor, to make the family prosperous.

Joe allowed his factory to ship faulty parts to the Air Force during the war. Several weeks later, 21 planes crash, killing all the pilots. Joe, along with his neighbor and partner Steve Deever, are arrested: but Joe ends up exonerated while his partner goes to prison.

Now, because of this past lie, Joe's life is on the verge of unraveling as his son proposes marriage to his former partner's daughter and the truth regarding what really happened is on the verge of being revealed.

"All My Sons" won both the Tony Award for Best Play and the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play in 1948. It was twice adapted for film - in 1948 and again in 1987.

Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for students/senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased the night of the show or in advance by calling 434-791-5712. Seating is general admission.