THE CRUCIBLE Comes to LCCT
Faith, Fear, Lust, and Longing combust in Arthur Miller's retelling of one of the strangest and most horrible chapters of American history - the Salem Witch Trials. Award-winning director Norman Lewis returns to Las Cruces Community Theatre to illuminate the tale of a repressed town plunged into deadly panic and a family fighting to stand up for the truth at any cost.
Spring, 1692. In the black of night, a Salem village reverend discovers a group of teenage girls dancing devilishly around a fire in the woods. When his daughter exhibits strange catatonic symptoms the following morning, the townsfolk are frenzied with tales of witchcraft. Deep-seated jealousy, deadly accusations, and seething resentments pit neighbor against neighbor and a deeply religious community is thrown into turmoil. A timeless parable about morality and the devastating consequences when fear takes root in a community, Arthur Miller penned The Crucible as a thinly veiled condemnation of the Communist "witch hunt" of his time. The play won the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play and is considered a landmark work in the canon of American drama.
This masterful and chilling portrayal of the historic Salem Witch Trials still resonates with our current world today.
The Crucible pulses with the destructiveness of socially sanctioned violence, the power of hysteria and rancor, the blindness of zealots, and the heart of one tortured man trying to find his own goodness. LCCT alums Darin Robert Cabot ("The Laramie Project") as John Proctor and Nora Brown ("The Laramie Project") as; Elizabeth Proctor.
CAST, CREATIVE, AND COMMUNITY:
Reverend Parris - Edward Montes
Betty Parris- MIA BERKSON
Tituba - JANET ALLEN
Abigail Williams - Jazmin Buchman
Susanna Walcott - Brianna Horvath
Ann Putnam - Ilene Steele
Thomas Putnam - Jeff Peckham
Mercy Lewis - Kerrigan Sivils
Ruth Putnam - KYONIZA BERG
Mary Warren-SAGE DRAKE
John Proctor Darin Robert Cabot
Rebecca Nurse Karen Masterson Warren
Giles Corey Gale Fulte
Reverend Hale Jeff Dolecek
Elizabeth Proctor Nora Brown
Francis Nurse Tom Warren
Ezekial Cheever- BARTON MENDENHALL
Judge Hathorne Calvin Chervinko
Deputy Governor Danforth - Robert Sheehan
The Production Team
Director Norman Lewis
Assistant Director Matthew Esqueda
Stage Manager GUS SANCHEZ
Set Designer - Karl Heist
Costume Designer Susie Eichstaedt Ouderkirk
Light Designer - Ron Nash
Dramaturg - IAN 'STU" STUART
Director Norman Lewis shares, "I am so incredibly excited to be bringing Miller's The Crucible to Las Cruces Community Theatre. I can't think of a better time to be asking the hard questions about our relationship between truth and lies, reflecting on how that relationship changes when, due to extreme societal circumstances, groups of people feel paralyzed by fear and are bereft of any kind of personal agency. I cannot wait to have this vital, eerily prescient classic in conversation with the Las Cruces-El Paso audience."