By Arthur Miller
Directed by Peter Anthony
January 20 - February 17
“. . . the raw terror in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible . . . makes the flesh creep.” –The New York Times
The year is 1642. The village of Salem is feverish with tales of witchcraft. Deep-seated jealousies, lust and greed are erupting in the form of deadly accusations. Revenge has replaced reason; mere rumors are now damning evidence — and no one is safe. As neighbor turns against neighbor, Salem descends into a cauldron of hysteria from which it can never return. Astoundingly relevant, Arthur Miller’s enduring masterpiece dares to put us all on trial. 1953 Tony Award for Best Play. Contains adult themes.
Lincoln Center Magnolia Theatre, 417 West Magnolia Street
The Crucible brilliantly explores the threshold between individual guilt and mass hysteria, personal spite and collective evil…and speaks as clearly to us today as it did during McCarthy’s Red Scare.
In the Puritan New England town of Salem, Massachusetts, a group of girls goes dancing in the forest with a black slave named Tituba. While dancing, they are caught by the local minister, Reverend Parris. When Parris’s daughter Betty, falls into a coma-like trance, unnatural forces are blamed. A crowd gathers in the Parris home while rumors of witchcraft fill the town.
To shift suspicion from themselves, the girls begin to make accusations of their own . . . and even the most upstanding in the community aren’t safe from the witch hunt.
The Crucible is a dramatized and partially fictionalized retelling of the Salem Witch Trials. It is a timeless parable of morality, a scorching indictment of intolerance, and a central work in the canon of American drama.
“… the tension is tangible and profound.” -Broadway World
Written in 1953 as an allegory for McCarthyism and the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), The Crucible resonates wherever sanctimony is used as a weapon of oppression and intolerance. In this Iconic American drama, Arthur Miller explores human cruelty and the manipulations, accusations, and dishonesty that afflict a paranoid community looking for scapegoats.
Steele yourself for a turbulent and terrifying journey into the world of paranoia and mass hysteria that is the Salem witch trials. The Crucible remains a gripping tale for our own time, fraught with fear-mongering for political, economic and personal gain.
Arthur Miller is considered one of the greatest American playwrights of the 20th century. His best-known plays include All My Sons, A View from the Bridge, The Crucible, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Death of a Salesman.
1956 was a big year in the life of Arthur Miller. He divorced first wife, Mary Slatterly, married Marilyn Monroe, and was brought before the House Un-American Activities Committee. The Crucible was believed to be one of the reasons that Miller came under the committee's scrutiny. Miller refused to comply with the committee's demands to "out" people who had been active in certain political activities and was thus cited in contempt of Congress.
In a nearly six-decades long career, Miller wrote more than thirty plays, received two Emmy’s, three Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize, earning himself a seat amongst the most accomplished American playwrights in history.