Searing Look at American Capitalism Runs October 10-November 3
Curio Theatre Company opens its 2018-2019 Season with an American classic. The company’s 14th Season, begins with a beloved Arthur Miller work that audiences will see through a new lens. Curio is presenting Miller’s All My Sons October 10-November 3. The official press opening is Saturday, October 13 at 8 p.m. Industry Night is Monday, October 15 at 8 p.m. and there is a matinee performance October 27 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15-$30 and are available online at www.curiotheatre.org or by phone at 215-921-8243. All shows are performed at Curio’s home theatre at the Calvary Center for Culture and Community, 4740 Baltimore Avenue.
In All My Sons, by legendary American playwright Arthur Miller, Joe and Kate Keller are living a comfortable suburban life with their son Chris, but tragedy looms over the household. The Keller’s other son, Larry, went missing in action a few years earlier, leaving a void in the family. When Chris becomes involved with Larry’s former fiancé, Kate must finally accept that Larry is gone forever, and face the horrible truth about what caused his death.
The cast is led by longtime Curio favorites Paul Kuhn as Joe Keller, Trice Baldwin as Kate Keller, Chase Byrd as Chris Keller, Aetna Gallagher as Sue Bayliss, Ken Openaker as Dr. Jim Bayliss, and Harry Slack as Frank Lubey. They are joined by Curio newcomers Angel Brice as Lydia Lubey, Nastassja Baset as Ann Deever and Carlo Campbell as George Deever. Curio Managing Director Gay Carducci directs this powerful tale of denial, injustice, and the mundane brutality of American capitalism.
Kuhn, Curio’s Artistic Director, is pulling double-duty performing in the play and also serving as its Set Designer. Dan Ison is the Sound Designer. Aetna Gallagher is also on double-duty, performing and designing the costumes. Nate Hart is the Lighting Designer. Kathleen H. Soltan is the Stage Manager and Kyle Fennie is the Production Manager.
“This is such a timeless piece. Even though it was written to take place post World War II, we are not placing it in any time period,” said Carducci-Kuhn, the show’s director. The story is about more than that. It’s about things like family, greed, honor, dishonor, responsibility, denial, guilt and social responsibility. “
Photos by Rebecca Gudelunas
About Curio Theatre Company
Curio Theatre Company’s mission is to serve audiences in West Philadelphia and beyond with high quality, affordable theatre performances; to develop artistic talent through ensemble, company-based training and rehearsal processes; and to further academic, social, and personal development through arts education. The artistic and the educational arms of the theatre company are intertwined as we make our home in the diverse community of West Philadelphia. The company’s Educational program was awarded the 2017 Victory Theatre Education Award at the Barrymore Awards Ceremony. It marked the company’s first Barrymore Award. Curio Theatre Company is a 501(c)3 non-profit company based in West Philadelphia. The Company was founded by professional artists and administrators who met at the Hedgerow Theatre in Rose Valley, PA, and incorporated as a non-profit in 2004.”. After touring locally and internationally for several years, the Company began a search for a permanent home. In January 2005, Curio Theatre Company joined in partnership with the Calvary Center for Culture and Community at 4740 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia. This partnership provides Curio with a performance venue and classrooms within the Calvary Center as well as office space and company housing in the adjacent parish house. In return Curio is assisting the Calvary Center in creating a professional Performing Arts Venue in the heart of West Philadelphia.