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The Crucible

THE CRUCIBLE
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Arthur Miller (Playwright) was born in New York City and studied at the University of Michigan. His plays include The Man Who Had All the Luck (1944), All My Sons (1947), Death of a Salesman (1949), The Crucible (1953), A View from the Bridge and A Memory of Two Mondays (1955), After the Fall (1964), Incident at Vichy (1964), The Price (1968), The Creation of the World and Other Business (1972), The Archbishop’s Ceiling (1977), The American Clock (1980) and Playing for Time. Later plays include The Ride Down Mt. Morgan (1991), The Last Yankee (1993), Broken Glass (1994), Mr. Peters’ Connections (1998), Resurrection Blues (2002), and Finishing the Picture (2004). Other works include "Focus," a novel (1945), "The Misfits," a screenplay (1960), and the texts for "In Russia" (1969), "In the Country" (1977), and "Chinese Encounters" (1979), three books in collaboration with his wife, photographer Inge Morath. Memoirs include "Salesman in Beijing" (1984) and "Timebends," an autobiography (1988). Short fiction includes the collection "I Don’t Need You Anymore" (1967), the novella "Homely Girl, a Life" (1995) and "Presence: Stories" (2007). He was awarded the Avery Hopwood Award for Playwriting at University of Michigan in 1936. He twice won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, received two Emmy awards and three Tony Awards for his plays, as well as a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement. He also won an Obie award, a BBC Best Play Award, the George Foster Peabody Award, a Gold Medal for Drama from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, the Literary Lion Award from the New York Public Library, the John F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Algur Meadows Award. He was named Jefferson Lecturer for the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2001. He was awarded the 2002 Prince of Asturias Award for Letters and the 2003 Jerusalem Prize. He received honorary degrees from Oxford University and Harvard University and was awarded the Prix Moliere of the French theatre, the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Pulitzer Prize.

Sally Wood (Director). Sally is an an actor, fight choreographer, teaching artist and director. She recently directed Olivia Dufault's Year of the Rooster and Callie Kimball's Sofonisba for DRC and can't wait to see what Keith dreams up next. Sally has been a fan of the DRC for a long time and is thrilled to be working with such great artists.



Portland Stage /
Dramatic Repertory Company



Winner of the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play.

“A powerful drama.”
- New York Times


“Strongly written.”
- New York Daily News


THE CRUCIBLE
by Arthur Miller
directed by Sally Wood


"I believe that the reader will discover here the essential nature of one of the strangest and most awful chapters in human history," Arthur Miller wrote of his classic play about the witch-hunts and trials in seventeenth-century Salem, Massachusetts. Based on historical people and real events, Miller's drama is a searing portrait of a community engulfed by hysteria. In the rigid theocracy of Salem, rumors that women are practicing witchcraft galvanize the town's most basic fears and suspicions; and when a young girl accuses Elizabeth Proctor of being a witch, self-righteous church leaders and townspeople insist that Elizabeth be brought to trial. The ruthlessness of the prosecutors and the eagerness of neighbor to testify against neighbor brilliantly illuminates the destructive power of socially sanctioned violence.

Written in 1953, The Crucible is a mirror Miller uses to reflect the anti-communist hysteria inspired by Senator Joseph McCarthy's "witch-hunts" in the United States. Within the text itself, Miller contemplates the parallels, writing, "Political opposition... is given an inhumane overlay, which then justifies the abrogation of all normally applied customs of civilized behavior. A political policy is equated with moral right, and opposition to it with diabolical malevolence."

DRC is thrilled to parner with Portland Stage to present this masterwork of American theatre.
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