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BYU stages Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" Nov. 15-Dec. 7

Arthur Miller's American classic "The Crucible" directed by David Morgan will be performed Nov. 15-23 and Dec. 3-7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Pardoe Theatre at Brigham Young University.

Tickets are $12 for the general public and $9 for BYU faculty and students. Half-price preview performance tickets will be available for Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 13 and 14. A matinee will be performed Saturday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. There will be no performances on Sundays or Mondays.

For tickets, please call the Fine Arts Ticket Office at (801) 378-4322 or order them at www.byu.edu/hfac.

Written during the hostile anticommunist environment of the 1950s McCarthy era, "The Crucible" ruthlessly examines guilt by association during the Salem witch trials.

In "The Crucible," New England farmer John Proctor and his wife Elizabeth hire a young woman, Abigail Williams, as a domestic and subsequently release her from her duties.

In revenge, Abigail accuses Elizabeth of witchcraft, a serious accusation in the highly charged political and social atmosphere of 17th century Salem, Massachusetts.

To save himself, Proctor initially confirms the charges and admits to an adulterous affair with Abigail. Ultimately, he recants and perishes with his wife and a host of other innocent suspects.

Although initially seen as a comment on McCarthyism and the concomitant actions of the House Un-American Activities Committee, "The Crucible" goes even deeper to discuss how an oppressive ideology affects a community and breeds fear and mistrust.

The cast of "The Crucible" includes Nathan Mitchell as John Proctor, Jessica Alliss Mockett as Elizabeth Proctor, Daryl A. Ball as Reverend Samuel Parris and Robert J. Gibbs as Reverend John Hale. Other members of the cast include Bob Nelson, Ashley Ogzewalla, Nicole Riding, R. Jeremy Selim and Susanna Winters Florence

Scenic designer for the production is Eric Fielding, the costume designer is Deanne DeWitt, make-up and hair designer is Tandi Lefler and the lighting designer is Michael G. Handley. The stage manager is Bonnie Ann King.

*Photography by Mark A. Philbrick

Writer: Elizabeth B. Jensen

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