Trinity Rep in Providence continues its 2010-2011 Season with Arthur Miller’s masterpiece, "The Crucible." Directed by resident company member Brian McEleney, the show runs February 4 - March 13 in the Chace Theater.
evil is loose in Salem, leaving the residents of the small New England
hamlet thrown into a fiery labyrinth of lies and fear-mongering. What’s
not clear is who – or what – that evil might be. After a young
woman’s accusation triggers a deadly chain of events, the community
of Salem must question whom they can trust, whom they no longer believe,
and how far they’re willing to go in the name of the truth.
“'The Crucible 'is a tremendously compelling personal
story. This play just jumps off the page. It’s very much of its
political time, but brilliantly, it’s not a propaganda piece, it
doesn’t preach. It’s a play that gives voice to real people
who lived through a terrifying political climate; people who really lived;
who were really executed; and whose lives serve as models of personal
heroism for us all.”
Although John has tried to put the past behind him and stand
by his wife, Abigail has other plans. When her attempts at seduction aren’t
enough to bring John back into her arms, she takes a different tack, harnessing
the town’s fear and rumor mill to incite a witch hunt. The inquisition
starts those on the fringe of Salem society until it culminates with an
attack against Elizabeth Proctor in one final attempt to ensnare John
To aid in McEleney’s desire to release the tale from its place in history and to move it into a more timeless realm, set and lighting designer Eugene Lee’s set features a three-story photographic mural of Providence City Hall as a focal point. The theater states this is not to say that this production is actually happening in Providence, but rather, that this could be happening anywhere.
McEleney says his motive is two-fold in relocating the time period: to bridge some of the distance between the characters and the audience that can occur when this play is presented with historical pageantry, and to honor Miller’s hope that audiences can draw some of their own parallels to the realities of the present day. He sees the political climate in this play as “a climate in which the loudest voices can overwhelm the voices of reason…in which selfishness and fear, whether imagined or real, prevails over reasonable arguments.”
Arthur Miller was born in New York City
and studied at the University of Michigan. His plays include "The
Man Who Had All The Luck," All My Sons," Death of a Salesman,"
"A View from the Bridge," "A Memory of Two Mondays,"
"After The Fall," "Incident at Vichy," "The Price,"
"The Archbishop’s Ceiling," "The American Clock ,"
and many others. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize,
he won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award twice,
received two Emmy Awards and three Tony Awards
for his plays, as well as a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement.
For tickets and information, stop by the box office at 201 Washington Street, call 401-351-4242 or visit www.trinityrep.com.
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