"The Crucible" has been read and studied in high school English classes since the 1950s. On Friday and Saturday evening, Arthur Millers words will come to life on stage when the Brien McMahon High School Drama club performs this classic American drama. Set in Salem, Massachusetts in 1962, "The Crucible" was inspired by the Salem witch trials. However, audiences who first saw the play in 1953, knew that Miller was responding to Senator Joseph McCarthys crusade to against supposed communist sympathizers.
While the Red Scare has faded from the front of Americas consciousness, a new generation of students is experiencing the play in the context of racial profiling and other modern issues, says Marilyn Knox, a drama club volunteer.
"The Crucible" is a portrait of a Puritan New England community torn apart by rumor, accusations, paranoia, and deceit. In the play, the protagonist, John Proctor, must come to terms with his own tempestuous past before seeking forgiveness from his wife and himself
Twenty McMahon students take the stage for the performances, with Cameron Blair as John Proctor and Allie Lemeikle as Abigail Williams. The play starts at 7 p.m. at the Dr. James J. Forcellina Auditorium at Brien McMahon High School, 300 Highland Avenue, Norwalk. Tickets are available at the door. Adults $12; Students/Seniors - $8. For more information, contact: Frank Arcari, firstname.lastname@example.org , Ph: (203) 852-9488
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