Year: 2023-2024 Season
Category: 2023-2024 Season
Release Date: November 10th – November 19th, 2023
Director: Kathleen Walker
Writers: Arthur Miller
Duration: 2 Hours
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The story focuses upon a young farmer, his wife, and a young servant-girl who maliciously causes the wife’s arrest for witchcraft. The farmer brings the girl to court to admit the lie—and it is here that the monstrous course of bigotry and deceit is terrifyingly depicted. The farmer, instead of saving his wife, finds himself also accused of witchcraft and ultimately condemned with a host of others.
Types: Full-Length Play
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A local farmer who lives just outside town; Elizabeth Proctor’s husband. A stern, harsh-tongued man, John hates hypocrisy. Nevertheless, he has a hidden sin—his affair with Abigail Williams—that proves his downfall. When the hysteria begins, he hesitates to expose Abigail as a fraud because he worries that his secret will be revealed and his good name ruined.
Reverend Parris’s niece. Abigail was once the servant for the Proctor household, but Elizabeth Proctor fired her after she discovered that Abigail was having an affair with her husband, John Proctor. Abigail is smart, wily, a good liar, and vindictive when crossed.
Reverend John Hale
A young minister reputed to be an expert on witchcraft. Reverend Hale is called in to Salem to examine Parris’s daughter Betty. Hale is a committed Christian and hater of witchcraft. His critical mind and intelligence save him from falling into blind fervor. His arrival sets the hysteria in motion, although he later regrets his actions and attempts to save the lives of those accused.
John Proctor’s wife. Elizabeth fired Abigail when she discovered that her husband was having an affair with Abigail. Elizabeth is supremely virtuous, but often cold.
The minister of Salem’s church. Reverend Parris is a paranoid, power-hungry, yet oddly self-pitying figure. Many of the townsfolk, especially John Proctor, dislike him, and Parris is very concerned with building his position in the community.
Francis Nurse’s wife. Rebecca is a wise, sensible, and upright woman, held in tremendous regard by most of the Salem community. However, she falls victim to hysteria when the Putnams accuse her of witchcraft and she refuses to confess.
A wealthy, influential man in Salem. Nurse is well respected by most people in Salem, but he is an enemy of Thomas Putnam and his wife.
The deputy governor of Massachusetts and the presiding judge at the witch trials. Honest and scrupulous, at least in his own mind, Danforth is convinced that he is doing right in rooting out witchcraft.
An elderly but feisty farmer in Salem, famous for his tendency to file lawsuits. Giles’s wife, Martha, is accused of witchcraft, and he himself is eventually held in contempt of court and pressed to death with large stones.
A wealthy, influential citizen of Salem, Putnam holds a grudge against Francis Nurse for preventing Putnam’s brother-in-law from being elected to the office of minister. He uses the witch trials to increase his own wealth by accusing people of witchcraft and then buying up their land.
Thomas Putnam’s wife. Ann Putnam has given birth to eight children, but only Ruth Putnam survived. The other seven died before they were a day old, and Ann is convinced that they were murdered by supernatural means.
The Putnams’ lone surviving child out of eight. Like Betty Parris, Ruth falls into a strange stupor after Reverend Parris catches her and the other girls dancing in the woods at night.
Reverend Parris’s black slave from Barbados. Tituba agrees to perform voodoo at Abigail’s request.
The servant in the Proctor household and a member of Abigail’s group of girls. She is a timid girl, easily influenced by those around her, who tried unsuccessfully to expose the hoax and ultimately recanted her confession.
Reverend Parris’s ten-year-old daughter. Betty falls into a strange stupor after Parris catches her and the other girls dancing in the forest with Tituba. Her illness and that of Ruth Putnam fuel the first rumors of witchcraft.
Giles Corey’s third wife. Martha’s reading habits lead to her arrest and conviction for witchcraft.
A man from Salem who acts as clerk of the court during the witch trials. He is upright and determined to do his duty for justice.
A judge who presides, along with Danforth, over the witch trials.
The marshal of Salem.
One of the girls in Abigail’s group.
BETTY PARRIS – Ella Middle
REVEREND PARRIS – Shenn Sellers
TITUBA – Chelsea Dell
ABIGAIL WILLIAMS – Kyla Druckman
MRS. ANN PUTNAM – Lisa Fulton
MR. PUTNAM – Mark Branyon
MERCY LEWIS – Karina McQueen
MARRY WARREN – Kelly Brenya
JOHN PROCTOR – John Wesley Leon
REBECCA NURSE – Janet Fulton
REVERAND JOHN HALE – Jake Wade
ELIZABETH PROCTOR – Rosalyn Leon
EZEKIEL CHEEVER – Rossi C. Smith
DEPUTY-GOVERNOR DANFORTH – Robert Norman
Director: Kathleen Walker
Stage Manager: Kat Crowley
Set Design / Construction: Josh Somers & Betty Neal
Sound and Lighting Design: Jason A. Middle
A “witchcraft craze” rippled through colonial America in the late 1600’s. The Salem Witch Trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in Massachusetts between February 1692 and May 1693. More than 200 people were accused. Thirty people were found guilty, 20 of whom were executed by hanging (mostly women). One man, Giles Corey, was pressed to death under heavy stones. Many others died during imprisonment. Mass hysteria and paranoia engulfed the towns. Neighbor pitted against neighbor, land grabs by greedy farmers, and unfounded, vicious accusations of innocent people and children, the result being imprisonment or death.
Arthur Miller saw a viable correlation between the Salem trials and the Joe McCarthy Communist “witch trials” in the 1950’s. First performed in 1953, The Crucible gives an inside look into the setting of the Salem witch trials. It serves as a backdrop of the McCarthy hearings, the clearest theme of the play being the hysteria presented in the behavior of a community. This irrational fear culminated in a friend being pitted against a friend, greedy land grabs, and innocent people being executed. The title of the play is meant to express the danger of unfounded accusations and rampant, widespread hysteria in society. Considering the challenges in our current society and in the world, I find this drama to be particularly timely and worthy of attention.
Every character in the drama was a real person in Salem in 1692. Miller did extensive research, even visiting Salem and familiarizing himself with every individual executed. These are their stories.
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