The Crucible by Arthur Miller


Miller's drama uses the Salem witch trials of the 1690s as a parable for the McCarthy hearing of the period in which the play was written. In the tight-knit, Puritan town of Salem, a group of girls are discovered dancing in the woods and then immediately fall ill. When no earthly cause can be identified, fear and suspicion begin to percolate in the small, isolated community, that something larger, more fearsome, and other worldly may be to blame. Buried secrets and resentments are brought to light, and attempts to root out evil lead to finger-pointing, treachery, and betrayal. When everyone is a suspect, sometimes the most dangerous threat to the community may be the community itself.

Miller said of Deputy-Governor Danforth that "His 'evil' spirit is more than personal, it is nearly mythical. He does more evil than he knows how to do; while merely following his nose he guards ignorance, he is man's limit".

Directed by Ivo van Hove
Costume design Wojciech Dziedzig
Video design Tal Yarden
Sound Design Tom Gibbons
Lighting and scenic design by Jan Versweyveld
Music by Philip Glass

Thomas Danforth Ciarán Hinds Elizabeth Proctor Sophie Okonedo
John Proctor Ben Wishaw Abigail Williams Saoirse Ronan
Reverend John Hale Bill Camp Giles Corey Jim Norton
Mary Warren Tavi Gevinson Reverend Parris Jason Butler Harner

Company/theatre: Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre
Run: 2016-02-29 to 2016-07-17


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