19:30, Thu 17th – Sun 20th November 2022 at Robinson College Auditorium
Michaelmas Week 6 to Week 7
Every man has a star… the star of one’s honesty.
A tree has blown down in the night. It’s Larry Keller's tree; the tree that his mother planted in his memory after he disappeared three years ago. It’s 1946: the War is over, but its memory – the inter-personal ruptures it has caused – continues to intrude on the Keller family’s life. Kate Keller, Larry’s mother, refuses to accept that he might be dead; Chris, his brother, scarred by the war and now in a relationship with Larry’s ex-girlfriend, Ann Deever, encourages his family to move on. But when it transpires that Joe Keller, the play’s patriarch, was complicit in the manufacturing of faulty aeroplane parts — parts which could have been a cause of Larry’s death — the foundations of the Keller family are shaken to their core. Unresolvable questions about guilt and responsibility, youth and ageing, materialism and selflessness all vibrate in Arthur Miller’s brilliantly crafted meditation on the shadowy underbelly of the American Dream.