TWO GREAT SHOWS COMING IN SEPTEMBER
The Great Gatsby
THREE SHOWS ONLY
Directed by Kaylee Smith
Robert Kirk Walker Theater at Memorial Auditorium (Chattanooga)
Written by Arthur Miller
Directed by Zack Jordan
In special arrangement with Dramatist Play Services
Back Alley Productions is proud to present the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic The Great Gatsby for a limited weekend run for Chattanooga audiences.
One of the most beloved American classics, Gatsby will be presented at the Memorial Auditorium on Sept. 18, 19 and 20.
The Great Gatsby opens to a summer during the Roaring Twenties and tells of a mysterious Long Island millionaire named Jay Gatsby.
It's told from the perspective of Nick Carraway, a young bond salesman new to a world of decadence and wealth. Among the excess, Carraway finds Gatsby whose romanticism is an oddity in the shallow social landscape.
Nick learns that Gatsby is passionately obsessed with a beautiful woman named Daisy Buchanan, married to a controlling millionaire named Tom.
Before long, Nick finds himself in the center of a conflict between Gatsby and Tom over Daisy that reveals the true character of the American dream.
Jay Gatsby - Brandon Pearson
Nick Carraway - Kaleb Moran
Daisy Buchanan - Katie Boren
Tom Buchanan - Chris Smith
Jordan Baker - Ashley Elliott
Myrtle Wilson - Kelsea Rambin-Smith
George Wilson - Billy Simpson
Meyer Wolfsheim - Alex Drennon
Mr. Chester McKee - Zachariah Hall
Mrs. McKee - Lyndsay Mackay
Policeman- Riley Shull
Mrs. Michaelis - Lyndsay Mackay
Back Alley Productions is proud to bring Arthur Miller's classic drama All My Sons to the Colonnade stage. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 11, 12, 18 and 19. There will also be a 1 p.m.matinee on Sept. 19. The show is produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois. The production, which secured Miller as a preeminent Broadway playwright and earned him his first Tony Award, is inspired by actual historical events during World War II. All My Sons is set in a small corner of the midwest just after the brutality and horror of WWII. The play follows the Keller family — parents Joe and Kate and their son Chris — who are coping with or denying the loss ofanother son, Larry, who went missing during the war and is presumed dead.
Joe Keller, the father of the family, is equally haunted by his troubled business, which produced airplane parts for the war effort. When some defective products were shipped out — ultimately causing the accidental deaths of several pilots — Steve Deever, Joe's business partner, was found guilty at trial and went to prison. Joe went free, but many people still suspected his part in the negligence.
The troubled past remains dormant for many years, but when Chris invites Ann - Steve Deever's daughter and Larry Keller's former sweetheart - to town with the intent of proposing marriage the family is forced to confront the past. This begins when the Keller matriarch Kate pushes against the marriage, because to allow Ann to marry her second son would be to admit that her firstborn is truly dead and gone.
The past comes to a head when George, Ann's brother, arrives with a story blaming Joe for shipping out the defective parts,
With a fragile engagement in the balance and the family’s history exposed bare, Chris is forced to truly examine the question of his father's guilt for the first time. The Keller family may never be the same.
At its heart, All My Sons examines the nature of guilt, and asks the audience to explore to what extent ends justify means.Due to some mild language and dark subject matter, the performance may not be suitable for all ages.