Grove City College’s Theatre Program is presenting the work of two great American playwrights of the 20th century this month: “All My Sons” by Arthur Miller and “End of the World With Symposium to Follow” by Arthur Kopit.
Both shows open Thursday, March 15, in Pew Fine Arts Center on campus.
Kopit’s “End of the World With Symposium to Follow” is being staged at 7:30 p.m. March 15 through 17 in Ketler Auditorium. Miller’s “All My Sons” can be seen at 5 p.m. March 15 through 17 and 6:30 p.m. March 23 and 24 in the Little Theatre.
“Throughout history, theatre has been used to provide fodder to foster important conversation in our society. Both of these plays will do just that,” Betsy J. Craig ’77, professor of English and director of the Theatre Program, said. “The theme that ties them together is war, but their treatment of the topic is widely divergent.”
“End of the World With Symposium to Follow,” written in the early 1980s, is a hilarious look at the very serious subject of nuclear proliferation, and despite the title, there will not be a symposium to follow.
“It is extraordinarily prescient for today. As our Doomsday clock has recently been set at two minutes to midnight, we find the play both elucidating and, well, dare I say, fun? For all of you who need a tension reliever and enjoy a bit of irony, this is the play for you,” Craig said.
“All My Sons” is a serious drama that centers on the Keller family at the end of World War II and asks audiences to consider what a man’s obligation is to his family as opposed to the greater society.
Both shows are free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Click here for tickets or call 724-458-3331. Please note that both of these plays contain adult subject matter and language that may not be appropriate for young children.
The highly acclaimed Theatre Program at Grove City College is an extracurricular extension of the Department of English and features two mainstage productions and numerous student productions every academic year. All Grove City College students, regardless of major, are welcome to audition for theatre productions and work on any production crew. Students interested in the performing arts can earn a minor in theatre.