The Xaverian Performing Arts Center
The Crucible 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.
Inspired by the Salem Witch Trials and influenced by the Red Scare, Arthur Miller's chilling classic is one of the most recognized and often produced plays in American Theater.
There is a use of strobe lights in the first scene.
The performance is roughly 2 and a half hours
with a 15-minute intermission.
The Spring of 1692
The Woods outside of Salem
Reverend Parris' Home
The Next Morning
The Proctors' Home
Eight Days Later
The Same Night
The Salem Meeting House
Two Weeks Later
Three Months Later
"A wild thing may say wild things!" is spoken early in our play by Abigail Williams, an incredibly complicated character. She's part antagonist, part victim; her soul may be lost to Satan, or maybe she's just amoral. Abgail is just one of the many complicated characters you'll encounter tonight.
You'll also meet Elizabeth Proctor, a wife struggling her husband's betrayal; you'll meet Rebecca Nurse, described as "the most pious woman in Salem"; you'll also meet Thomas Danforth, a judge blinded by his own definition of right and wrong; and you'll meet Samuel Parris, a man who only knows how to serve his own interests. It may be 1692 in Salem, but we all know people
Our conversations during rehearsals have touched on how these people, seemingly from a strange and different time, aren't all that different from us today. We're all Abigail and Elizabeth, Proctor and Parris, Nurse and Danforth. We hope our production shows you what we're all capable of: the good and the "wild."