George serves a mostly functional role in the story of the Keller family. His arrival in the second act is a catalyst for a situation that was on edge from long-established tensions. He has been newly convinced of his father’s innocence, he is there to rescue his sister from entering the family of the man he believes is actually guilty.
Dr. Jim Bayliss
The neighborhood doctor, Jim is a good man who believes in the duty of one man to help another, but he at the same time acknowledges a man’s responsibility to his family. He is interested in medicine not for the money but to help people.
Jim’s wife Sue put her husband through medical school, and she expects more than gratitude in return. She blames Chris’s idealism for her husband’s interest in the fiscally unrewarding field of medical research.
A neighbour who has an interest in astrology. Mother asked him before the start of the play to prepare a horoscope for Larry in order to determine his ‘favourable day.’
Now married to Frank, Lydia is a former sweetheart of George’s, but she did not wait for him to return from the war. By coming across Lydia, it makes George sad with regret about the simpler life he could have had, if he had not left home for the greater world of New York.
Bert is a neighborhood boy who plays games with Joe Keller. Keller has allowed Bert and the other children to get the story of his jail time wrong and to believe that he is a chief of police with a jail in his basement.
All My Sons
In Joe and Kate Keller’s family garden, an apple tree – a memorial to their son Larry, lost in the Second World War – has been torn down by a storm. But his loss is not the only part of the family’s past they can’t put behind them. Not everybody’s forgotten the court case that put Joe’s partner in jail, or the cracked engine heads his factory produced which caused it and dropped twenty-one pilots out of the sky …