Live theatre thrives in Santa Cruz

by Arthur Miller
Director Art Manke

Sept. 6 - Oct. 1, 2017

This stirring play follows the Keller family in the years following World War II as they stand at a crossroads – should they keep holding out hope for their missing son Larry to return from the war, or rebuild and move forward around their bright and youngest son, Chris?  The resilient spirit of the Keller family is tested when accusations of war crimes and the impending reality that Larry may never return culminate in a heart-pounding climax. Winner of the Drama Critics Award for Best New American Play in 1947, and the play that introduced Arthur Miller as a new leading voice in American theater, ALL MY SONS continues to be a perfect story for our time.

"Intense and moving"– The Independent

This production is funded, in part, by grants from the following organizations:


Glossary Act 1: Click Here to see a glossary of words and terms used in the first act.
Glossary Act 2 & 3: Click Here to see a glossary of words and terms used in the second and third acts.
Timeline: Click Here to see.
Tragedy and the Common Man: Click Here to read.
Dramaturge - The Impact on Family Members of a Loved One Missing in Action (MIA). Click Here to read.
Dramaturge - What was it like to live in the US during World War II? Click Here to read.


Art MankeArt Manke (Director) Previous productions for Jewel Theatre Company include Fallen Angels, Enter the Guardsman and What the Butler Saw. He most recently directed The Two Gentlemen of Verona for Santa Cruz Shakespeare, where he previously directed The Liar, The Three Musketeers, Bach at Leipzig and A Year With Frog and Toad. Elsewhere, his work has been seen at South Coast Repertory, Denver Center Theatre Company, Pasadena Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, California Shakespeare Theatre, Magic Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and at A Noise Within, where he was a cofounder and former artistic director (1991-2001). A frequent guest lecturer at theatre schools across the country, he has also directed for television, holds an MFA from the American Conservatory Theater, and is a five-time winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award. Upcoming projects include the world premiere of Amy Freed's SHREW! at South Coast Repertory, and the world premiere of a new musical play he has written about Pearl Bailey, called Pearl's in the House, at Utah Shakespeare Festival.


Nancy CarlinNancy Carlin* (Kate Keller) is delighted to return to Jewel Theatre, where she played Esther in another Arthur Miller play, The Price. A former company member of the American Conservatory Theater and longtime associate artist with California Shakespeare Theater, Carlin is an actor, director, writer, producer, dialect coach, and acting teacher. She has performed and directed extensively in regional theaters, including A.C.T., Berkeley Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Aurora Theater Co., TheatreWorks, San Jose Rep, A Traveling Jewish Theater, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. She co-authored the musical, Max Understood, and co-produced the feature film, Haiku Tunnel. A theater arts lecturer with UC Santa Cruz and San Jose State, Carlin holds a BA in comparative literature from Brown University and an MFA in acting from A.C.T. Ms. Carlin is a member of SDC, AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and the Dramatists Guild. Her productions of The (curious case of) the Watson Intelligence at Shotgun Players in Berkeley, and Keith Moon: The Real Me in Mill Valley are currently running, and The Obligation will be opening at the Potrero Stage in SF in October.


Nancy CarlinShaun Carroll* (Frank Lubey) most recently appeared with Jewel in Sylvia, Fallen Angels, and Woman in Mind, and was involved with Guys and Dolls which marked the exciting opening of the Colligan Theatre! Previously, he has appeared around the greater Bay Area; as MacDuff in Macbeth for Capital Stage, Howie in Rabbit Hole for Benicia Old Town Theatre Group, Jake in Evil Dead; The Musical and Amos in Chicago for the Willows Theatre Company. Shaun is also the prop master for Jewel Theatre.



Allen GilmoreAllen Gilmore* (Joe Keller) is very happy to make his Jewel Theatre debut in All my Sons. Based in Chicago, he has been frequently seen in Santa Cruz and the Bay Area in four seasons with Santa Cruz Shakespeare (Bach at Leipzig, All's Well That Ends Well, The Three Musketeers, Henry IV, pt.1, The Merry Wives of Windsor, As You Like It, The 39 Steps, Two Gentlemen of Verona) and appearances at Berkeley Rep (Argonautika, Arabian Nights, A Doctor In Spite Of Himself, Accidental Death Of An Anarchist, Servant Of Two Masters). Last season, he created roles in two new plays, Man In The Ring at Court Theater and Objects In The Mirror at Goodman Theater, both in Chicago. He is currently nominated in both for Chicago's Jeff Award as best lead actor. Other favorite roles include both Othello and Iago in Othello, the title role of Cyrano De Bergerac, James Hewlett in The African Company Presents Richard III, and Ichabod Crane in The Tales Of Washington Irving. Originally from Houston, TX, he is a US Army Infantry vet, a 2015 Lunt Fontanne Fellow, a 2015 3Arts Prize honoree, and an ensemble member of Congo Square Theater Company in Chicago.


Tommy GorrebeeckTommy Gorrebeeck* (Chris Keller) is thrilled to be making his debut with Jewel Theatre Company! Regional credits: A Streetcar Named Desire (KC Actors Theatre), How to Steal a Picasso (The Unicorn Theatre). SF Bay Area credits include: Colossal (SF Playhouse), The Real Thing, The Monster-Builder, and Eccentricities of a Nightingale (Aurora Theatre Company), A Few Good Men (Hillbarn Theatre), Cymbeline (Marin Shakes), Pride & Prejudice and Persuasion (Livermore Shakes), Sleuth and Dracula (CenterREP), Sense & Sensibility and The Chosen (TheatreWorks), Much Ado About Nothing (Cal Shakes), Hamlet, Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Dead Man Walking, and The Three Musketeers (City Lights Theater Company). Mr. Gorrebeeck received his BA from New York University and is a proud member of AEA & SAG/ AFTRA.


Sierra JoleneSierra Jolene (Ann Deever) is thrilled to return to Jewel Theatre for her second production after being seen as Jen in The Book Club Play earlier this year. She just finished At This Evening's Performance as Saskia at The North Coast Repertory Theatre in Solana Beach, CA. Favorite Bay Area theater credits include Tamsin in the Bay Area premier of The Monster Builder at The Aurora Theater Company, also directed by Art Manke, as well as Malcolm in Macbeth and Lucrece in The Liar at the Santa Cruz Shakespeare Festival. She was also seen at South Coast Repertory Theater's Pacific Playwright's Festival as Bianca in Amy Freed's new play Shrew! Sierra is a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in acting.


Nancy CarlinKurt Meeker (Dr. Jim Bayliss) Theatre: A Streetcar Named Desire, Guys and Dolls (Jewel Theatre); The Liar, Macbeth, (Santa Cruz Shakespeare); Once in a Lifetime, Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, Playboy of the Western World (Shakespeare Santa Cruz); The Tempest, Of Mice and Men (PCPA Theatrefest); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Brigadoon (The Barn Theatre, Augusta, MI); Reckless, Lulu (Berkeley Repertory Theatre); O Pioneers! (Theatreworks); Uncle Tom's Cabin (SF Mime Troupe/Lorraine Hansberry Theatre); Chicago (Cabrillo Stage). Film: Opal, The Ugly Duckling, Six Against the Rock. Television: Rescue 911, Missing Reward, Starman. Kurt lives in Santa Cruz and teaches Theatre Arts at Prospect High School in Saratoga, CA.


Jake MillerJake Miller (Bert) is excited to be making his debut performance with Jewel Theatre Company. He has performed with TheatreWorks, Rags (David Understudy), and in numerous shows with San Jose Children's Musical Theater. Some of his favorites include, Willy Wonka (Augustus Gloop), Crazy for You (Jimmy), and A Christmas Carol (Scrooge at 12). He has also performed at Alta Vista Elementary School in Seussical Jr. (Horton), The Lion King Jr. (Simba), and The Little Mermaid Jr. (Flounder). Jake is in the 6th grade at Union Middle School in San Jose, CA.


Nancy CarlinAudrey Rumsby (Lydia Lubey) is delighted to return to Jewel Theatre Company. Roles with JTC include Mimi/Gambler in Guys and Dolls, Lucy in Complications from a Fall, Justine in Harper Regan, and Geraldine Barclay in What the Butler Saw. Regional credits include 3 Farids at Theatreworks, and two seasons with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Miss Rumsby is a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and co-founder of San Jose Youth Shakespeare, where she is currently devising and directing a new production entitled Dear Mr Shakespeare.


Maxwell SandersonMaxwell Sanderson (Bert) is 9 years old. He has just begun the fourth grade at Bayview Elementary. Maxwell dances at the Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center where he enjoys learning and performing hip hop. Maxwell loves making art. His favorite mediums are collage, pencil sketching, and print making. A reproduction of one of Maxwell's collages can be found on the permanent sculpture right in front of Colligan Theater. He is also a River of Words International Art contest finalist, and has a Published piece of art in the Library of Congress. Maxwell also enjoys junior lifeguards, Little League Baseball, Legos, Pokemon, and Minecraft. Maxwell is very excited to be performing in his first show at Jewel Theatre.


Brian SmolinBrian Smolin* (George Deever) The Liar, Macbeth, Midsummer Nights Dream, Hamlet, Two Gentlemen of Verona, The 39 Steps (Santa Cruz Shakespeare); The Hunchback of Notre Dame (La Jolla Playhouse); Pulse (The Guthrie); Romeo and Juliet, Comedy of Errors, Transit (Chautauqua); Hamlet (Shakespeare Forum); Home Sweet Home (SATC). TV: Lights Out, One Life to Live. Training: MFA, UCSD Graduate Acting Program.



Diana Torres KossDiana Torres Koss* (Sue Bayliss) directed last season's Sylvia for Jewel Theatre, and was seen onstage in last season's A Streetcar Named Desire (Eunice). Other previous roles for Jewel: Nicely-Nicely in Guys and Dolls, Manny in Master Class, Saunders in Fallen Angels, Muriel in Woman in Mind, The Dresser in Enter the Guardsman, Rhetta Cupp in Pump Boys and Dinettes, Queen Elizabeth in Mary Stuart, Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit (co-directed with Julie James), Bunny in House of Blue Leaves, Joanne in Company, Woman in Starting Here, Starting Now, Peggy Guggenheim's Mother in Peggy the Musical. She also acts as vocal/music director for many of Jewel's musical productions, has created original music for Arcadia and Streetcar, and often co-designs sound for productions with her husband, John Koss. When not working for Jewel, Diana can often be found coaching young performers, or teaching music and directing plays and musicals for the non-profit Starting Arts. Proud member of Actors Equity

*Member, Actors' Equity Association.