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The Crucible

The Crucible
Your Price: $15.95 CDN
Author: Arthur Miller
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 95
Pub. Date: 1982
ISBN-10: 0822202557
ISBN-13: 9780822202554
Cast Size: 10 women, 10 men

About the Play:

The Crucible was one of Royal National Theatre of Britain's top 100 plays of the 20th century.

The Crucible is a full length drama by Arthur Miller, which still has permanence and relevance more than a half century after its initial publication. This powerful political drama set amidst the Salem witch trials, in which a group of girls accuse upstanding women in the town of witchcraft to divert suspicion from their own activities, has been seen as an allegory for Senator Joseph McCarthy's anti-Communist crusades of the 1950s. Especially recommended for school and contest use.

The Crucible is 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. A haunting examination of groupthink and mass hysteria in a rural community, The Crucible is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable of our contemporary society.

The Crucible premiered in 1953 at the Martin Beck Theater on Broadway and won the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play. This Miller classic has enjoyed five revivals on Broadway and is still enormously popular. The play has become a favourite scene study vehicle in acting classes and workshops and is regularly performed in repertory, middle, school, high school, college, and community theatre productions.

Cast: 10 women, 10 men.

What people say:

"A powerful drama." — New York Times

"As high-school drama clubs and community theaters well know, it is hard to go wrong with The Crucible. What has been easy to forget, however, is how firmly, yet how gracefully, his sturdy words and warnings still hold the stage." — Los Angeles Times

"A drama of emotional power and impact ... Strongly written." — New York Post

About the Playwright:

Arthur Miller (1915-2005) was born in New York City and studied at the University of Michigan. With a career that spanned over 50 years, he wrote more than thirty plays that transformed American Theatre and proved to be both the conscience and redemption of the times. His probing dramas won him the Pulitzer Prize, three Tony Awards, two Drama Critics Circle Awards, and an Obie.

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