October 4-6, 2019 The Guild will feature a Reader's Theatre production of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," directed by Tevin Brown.
Set in Massachusetts during the 1692 Salem Witch Trials, the story captures a time when paranoia, hysteria and deceit gripped the Puritan towns of New England. Now considered modern classic theater, Miller’s play was written during the “Red Scare,” using the witch trials as a metaphor for the “witch hunts” for communists in America.
Miller wrote the play as an allegory for McCarthyism, when the United States government persecuted people accused of being communists. Miller was questioned by the House of Representatives' Committee on Un-American Activities in 1956 and convicted of contempt of Congress for refusing to identify others present at meetings he had attended.
The play was first performed at the Martin Beck Theatre on Broadway on January 22, 1953, starring E. G. Marshall, Beatrice Straight and Madeleine Sherwood.
The production won the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play. A year later a new production succeeded and the play became a classic. It is regarded as a central work in the canon of American drama.
This production of "The Crucible" is sponsored by Theatre Go Round Dinner Theatre & Katrin Peck.
Tickets are only $15 and performances begin Friday, October 4th at 7:30 PM. Saturday and Sunday showtimes are 2:00 PM.