The Trial Begins... Meet the Full Cast of THE CRUCIBLE, Opening Tonight on Broadway
The Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's The Crucible, starring Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan, opens tonight, March 31, at the Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 West 48 Street. Scroll down to learn more about the full company!
In addition to Ronan, the cast of 18, directed by Ivo van Hove, stars Ben Whishaw (as John Proctor), Sophie Okonedo (as Elizabeth Proctor), Ciarán Hinds (as Deputy-Governor Danforth), Bill Camp (as Reverend John Hale), Jim Norton (as Giles Corey), Tavi Gevinson (as Mary Warren), and Jason Butler Harner (as Reverend Samuel Parris), and features Tina Benko (as Ann Putnam/Sarah Goode),Teagle Bougere (as Judge Hawthorne),Michael Braun (as Ezekiel Cheever), Jenny Jules (as Tituba), Thomas Jay Ryan (as Thomas Putnam), Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut (as Susanna Walcott), Elizabeth Teeter (as Betty Parris), Ray Anthony Thomas (as Francis Nurse), Brenda Wehle (as Rebecca Nurse), and Erin Wilhelmi (as Mercy Lewis).
This new production of The Crucible marks the second Arthur Miller work to be directed on Broadway this season by acclaimed Belgian director Ivo van Hove. His critically acclaimed, Olivier Award-winning Young Vic production of A View From the Bridge just ended its run at the Lyceum Theatre.
BEN WHISHAW (John Proctor) makes his Broadway debut in The Crucible. He appeared Off-Broadway in MCC Theater's production of The Pride at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. His London stage credits include Bakkhai at the Almeida Theatre; Mojo, Peter and Alice and Cock at the Royal Court Theatre; the National Theatre's productions of Some Trace of Her, The Seagull, and His Dark Materials; and Hamlet at the Old Vic. His film credits include A Hologram for the King, The Muse, Paddington, The Zero Theorem, Lilting, Cloud Atlas, Skyfall, Days and Nights, The Tempest, Bright Star, Brideshead Revisited, The International, I'm Not There, The Restraint of Beasts, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Stoned, Enduring Love, 77 Beds, Layer Cake, The Trench, My Brother Tom, The Escort, and the upcoming The Lobster, Suffragette, the new James Bond film Spectre, The Danish Girl, and In the Heart of the Sea. His television credits include "London Spy," "Foxtrot," "Richard II," "The Hour," "All Signs of Death," "Criminal Justice," "Nathan Barley," "Booze Cruise," "Ready When You Are, Mr. McGill," and "Other People's Children."
SOPHIE OKONEDO (Elizabeth Proctor) made her Broadway debut and won a Tony Award for her performance as Ruth Younger in the 2014 production of A Raisin in the Sun. Her extensive London stage credits include productions at the Royal Court Theatre, National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, and the Old Vic. Her many film credits include acclaimed performances as Winnie Mandela in Mrs Mandela (BAFTA Award nomination), After Earth, Skin (British Independent Film Award nomination, NAACP Image Award nomination), The Secret Life of Bees (NAACP Image Award nomination), Scenes of A Sexual Nature, Martian Child, Stormbreaker, Aeon Flux, Dirty Pretty Things (British Independent Film Award nomination), and The Jackal. For her performance in Hotel Rwanda, Ms. Okonedo was nominated for the Academy Award, the Screen Actors Guild Award, and the NAACP Image Award. Her British television credits include "Tsumani: The Aftermath" (NAACP Image Award, Golden Globe Award nomination), "The Escape Artist," "Undercover," "The Hollow Crown," "Mayday," "Celebration," "Sinbad," "The Slap," "Father and Son," "Oliver Twist," "Bank Holiday," "Alibi," "Sweet Revenge," "Staying Alive," "Clocking Off," "Spooks," "Doctor Who," and "Criminal Justice" (BAFTA Award nomination).
SAOIRSE RONAN (Abigail Williams), who last starred in the screen adaptation of Colm Tóibín's award-winning novel Brooklyn, is making her Broadway debut in The Crucible. At the age of 9 she began her acting career, and at 13 years old, she received worldwide acclaim for her portrayal of Briony Tallis in Atonement. The performance earned her Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, and Critics' Choice Award nominations, among others, and she was honored with the Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) for Best Supporting Actress. She subsequently won the IFTA for Best Actress for her performance as Susie Salmon in Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones. The portrayal also earned her a Critics' Choice Award, the Virtuoso Award from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actress, among other honors. Her other film credits include The Grand Budapest Hotel; City of Ember; I Could Never Be Your Woman; The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey; Death Defying Acts; The Secret World of Arrietty; The Way Back; Hanna; Violet & Daisy; Byzantium; The Host; How I Live Now; Justin and the Knights of Valour; Lost River; Stockholm, Pennsylvania; Mary Queen of Scots, Loving Vincent, and a new adaptation of The Seagull, in which she stars opposite Annette Bening.
CIARÁN HINDS (Deputy-Governor Danforth) has been seen on Broadway in the 2013 production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Seafarer, and Closer. He has worked extensively for the Glasgow Citizens Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Gate Theatre, and the Abbey Theatre. His London stage credits include performances in The Night Alive, Juno and the Paycock, The Birds, Antigone, Burnt by the Sun, The Yalta Game, Simpatico, Machinale, Richard III, Assassins, and the National Theatre production of Closer. Film credits include The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover; McCanick; Last Days in the Desert; Closed Circuit; Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy; The Woman in Black; The Rite; Salvation Boulevard; John Carter of Mars; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2; The Debt; The Eclipse; Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day; Stop-Loss; There Will Be Blood; Margot at the Wedding; Miami Vice; A Tiger's Tail; Hallam Foe; Munich; Nativity; The Phantom of the Opera; Jonjo Mickeybo; The Road to Perdition; Veronica Guerin; Calendar Girls; Lara Croft: The Cradle of Life; The Sum of All Fears; Frozen; Circle of Friends; Titanic Town; Some Mother's Son; Oscar and Lucinda; The Lost Son; The Weight of Water; Mary Reilly; The Statement; Munich; Amazing Grace; Excalibur; In Bruges; The Tale of Despereaux; Cash; Race to Witch Mountain; Life During Wartime; Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance; The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby; The Sea; Hitman: Agent 47; The Driftless Area; Persuasion; and the upcoming Bleed for This. He has been seen on television in "Game of Thrones," "Political Animals," "Above Suspicion: Silent Scream," "Rome," "The Mayor of Casterbridge," "Jane Eyre," "Seaforth," "Ivanhoe," "Sherlock Holmes," and "Prime Suspect 3."
BILL CAMP (Reverend John Hale) is the recipient of several awards and honors, including Obie, Elliot Norton, and Boston Critics Association Awards. His previous New York stage credits include Death of a Salesman (Drama Desk Award nomination) directed by Mike Nichols, Homebody/Kabul, The Misanthrope, Olly's Prison, Coram Boy, Heartbreak House, Macbeth, The Seagull, St. Joan, and Jackie: An American Life. He was a co-adaptor and lead in In a Year with 13 Moons at Yale Repertory Theatre and Notes from the Underground at Baryshnikov Arts Center, Yale Repertory Theatre, and the La Jolla Playhouse. His film credits include Aloha, Birdman, Love & Mercy, 12 Years a Slave, Lincoln, Compliance, Lawless, Tamara Drewe, Public Enemies, Deception, Rounders, In & Out, Reversal of Fortune, The Guitar, Black Mass, and the upcoming Gold directed by Stephen Gaghan, and Midnight Special directed by Jeff Nichols. He has been seen on television in recurring roles on "Manhattan," "Boardwalk Empire," "Damages," and "Brotherhood," guest starring roles on "The Good Wife" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," and will next appear as a star of the HBO limited series "Crime." He is a graduate of the Juilliard School.
JIM NORTON (Giles Corey) won both Olivier and Tony Awards for his performance in The Seafarer. His recent Broadway credits include Of Mice and Men, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Finian's Rainbow, and The Weir. His other New York credits include Juno and the Paycock, Dublin Carol (Obie Award), Port Authority, and the Donmar Warehouse production of The Night Alive, all at the Atlantic Theater Company. Mr. Norton, currently appearing on the London stage in Hamlet, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, has appeared at the National Theatre in The Veil, The Pillowman, Bedroom Farce, Comedians, St. Joan, Way Upstream, Tamburlaine The Great, The Playboy of the Western World, and A Chorus of Disapproval, and at the Royal Court Theatre, in The Contractor, The Changing Room, and The Weir (Olivier Award nomination). His film credits include Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Water for Elephants, Straw Dogs, Hidden Agenda, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Driving Lessons, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Oyster Farmer, The Eclipse, Jimmy's Hall, and the upcoming The Boy. His television credits include "Elementary," "Frasier," "Agatha Christie: Poirot," "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Stan," and the new BBC series, "River."
TAVI GEVINSON (Mary Warren) made her Broadway and theatrical stage debuts last season in Kenneth Lonergan's This is Our Youth opposite Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin. She has previously appeared in the film Enough Said written and directed by Nicole Holofcener, and on television has guest-starred in the NBC television series "Parenthood," as well as the FOX series "Scream Queens."
JASON BUTLER HARNER (Reverend Samuel Parris) earned an Obie Award for his performance as George Tesman in Hedda Gabler at the New York Theatre Workshop, and appeared as Ivan Turgenev in Tom Stoppard's landmark trilogy The Coast of Utopia, at Lincoln Center Theater. He has received two Drama Desk Award nominations, most recently for The Village Bike. Other productions include Cock, Our Town, Orange Flower Water, Through a Glass Darkly, The Paris Letter, The Ruby Sunrise, Macbeth, Juno and the Paycock, and Five Flights. He has appeared on the West End at the Donmar Warehouse in Lanford Wilson's Serenading Louie, and across the country in classics including Hamlet, The Glass Menagerie, Long Day's Journey into Night, The Cherry Orchard, The Front Page, Ivanov, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Platonov, and as A.E. Housman in the American premiere of The Invention of Love at ACT. He has been seen in the films The Green, Letters from the Big Man, The Extra Man, New Orleans Mon Amour, as well as Non-Stop, Blackhat, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, and, most notably, Changeling. He will also be seen in the upcoming film The Family Fang. His television credits include "Ray Donovan," "Homeland," "Scandal," "The Newsroom," "Blacklist," "Alcatraz," "Betrayal," "The Good Wife," "Law & Order," and "John Adams."
TINA BENKO (Ann Putnam), who was last seen in the Primary Stages production of Deborah Zoe Laufer's Informed Consent, recently played Marianne in Ivo van Hove's production of Scenes from a Marriage at New York Theatre Workshop, where she also played Birdie in his production of The Little Foxes. Other recent theatre roles include Titania in Julie Taymor's A Midsummer Night's Dream at Theatre for a New Audience, Jackie Kennedy in Elfriede Jelinek's Jackie (Lucille Lortel Award nomination) at Women's Project Theater, Tales from Red Vienna at Manhattan Theatre Club, Marie and Bruce at The New Group, and Rough Sketch at 59E59. She has performed the title role in Peter Sellars' production of Toni Morrison's play Desdemona in London, Berlin, Paris, Naples, and Amsterdam. Film credits include Contest, That Awkward Moment, and the upcoming Fair Market Value. Television credits include "The Good Wife," "Person of Interest," "Mysteries of Laura," "Brotherhood," and the new series "Flesh and Bone" and "Vinyl."
TEAGLE BOUGERE (Judge Hawthorne) originated the title role in the world premiere stage adaptation of Ralph Ellison's iconic novel Invisible Man at the Court Theatre in Chicago. He went on to play the role at the Studio Theatrein Washington D.C., and the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston. Mr. Bougere appeared as Caius Lucius and Cornelius in this past summer's Public Theater production of Cymbeline, directed by Daniel Sullivan, at the Delacorte Theater. His Broadway credits include the roles of Joseph Asagai in A Raisin in the Sun and Caliban in The Tempest. Internationally, he played the title role in Macbeth in Florence, Italy. His Off-Broadway credits include Stop/Reset at theSignature Theatre, A Soldier's Play at Second Stage Theatre, and Henry V and Antony & Cleopatra at the Public Theater. His select regional credits include An Iliad and Othello at the Pittsburgh Public; Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing at Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C.; Joe Turner's Come And Gone and Blue Door at Berkeley Repertory Theatre; Blue Orange at The Old Globe; and Clybourne Park and Of Mice And Men at Seattle Repertory Theatre. He has appeared in the films Night at the Museum, The Imposters, Two Weeks Notice, The Pelican Brief, A Beautiful Mind, and the upcoming Good Friday and Hill and Gully. His television credits include "A Gifted Man," "The Big C," "Cosby," "The Job," "Third Watch," "What the Deaf Man Heard," "Murder in Black and White," and "Law & Order."
MICHAEL BRAUN's (Ezekiel Cheever) New York stage credits include War Horse at Lincoln Center Theater and the Off-Broadway productions of Much Ado About Nothing at the Public Theater; The Bridge Project productions of The Winter's Tale and The Cherry Orchard at BAM; The Bad Guys at Second Stage Theatre; Future Me at Summer Play Festival; Billy Witch at Studio 42; Hamlet at DTNY; and Woman Killer at HERE Arts Center. His regional credits include Proof at the McCarter Theatre; When the Lights Went Out at New York Stage & Film; The Front Page, On The Razzle, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Liddy Plays, and Bloody Mary at the Williamstown Theatre Festival; The Breach at Seattle Repertory Theatre; The Matchmaker at Center Stage; and Lulu and All's Well That Ends Well atYale Repertory Theatre. He has appeared in the films Dark Water, Incoming, Dare, Igby Goes Down, Dispatched, and the upcoming Drinks!. His television credits include "Crime," "Unforgettable," "Mozart in the Jungle," "The Good Wife," "Nurse Jackie," "Law & Order," "Blue Bloods," "Do No Harm," "Awkward Situations for Men," "Comedy Bang! Bang!," and "High Maintenance." He has his MFA from the Yale School of Drama and received the Williams Prize for Acting. He is the recipient of the Princess Grace Award and a member of The Actor's Center Company.
ASHLEI SHARPE CHESTNUT (Susanna Walcott) has appeared in Joe Turner's Come and Gone and The Last Supper at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she received her BFA in Acting in 2015. Her other stage credits include A Christmas Carol and Brother Wolf at the Triad Stage; and Peter Pan, If Only the Lonely Were Home, and Fantastic Mr. Fox at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Theatre for Young People.
JENNY JULES' (Tituba) theatre credits include Henry IV at St. Ann's Warehouse; Father Comes Home From the Wars at the Public Theater; Julius Caesar at the Donmar Warehouse and St. Ann's Warehouse; Ruined at Arena Stage(Critics' Circle Best Actress Award, Helen Hayes Outstanding Lead Actress Award nomination); A Raisin in the Sun at the Royal Exchange Theatre (MEN Theatre Award); Pecong at the Tricycle Theatre (Time Out Award); King Lear and The Homecoming at the Almeida Theatre; Death and the King's Horseman at the National Theatre; Fabulation, Gem Of The Ocean, and Wine In The Wilderness at the Tricycle Theatre; and Born Bad at the Hampstead Theatre. Her film credits include The Man Inside and A Short Stay in Switzerland. Her television credits include "Law & Order," "Skins," and "Kavanagh QC."
THOMAS JAY RYAN (Thomas Putnam) is best known for playing the title role in the Henry Fool film trilogy, concluding with this year's Ned Rifle. The Crucible marks his third production with Ivo van Hove, following The Misanthrope and The Little Foxes, both at the New York Theatre Workshop. He appeared on Broadway in Sarah Ruhl's In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play, and won a Drama Desk Award for Jon Maran's The Temperamentals. His many recent Off-Broadway credits include 10 Out of 12 at the Soho Repertory Theatre, The Lady from Dubuque at the Signature Theatre Company, The Correspondent at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and A Month in the Country at Classic Stage Company. He will be seen this fall in Travels with My Aunt at the Keen Company. A veteran of America's foremost regional theatre companies, his film work includes The Fixer, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Legend of Bagger Vance, The Book of Life, Strange Culture, Dream Boy, and the upcoming The Missing Girl. Television credits include "Elementary," "Wonderland," "Nurse Jackie," and the role of Edgar Degas in "Degas and the Dancer" for HBO (Gemini Award nomination).
ELIZABETH TEETER (Betty Parris) previously appeared on Broadway as Young Elizabeth opposite Helen Mirren in The Audience, and as Jane Banks in the closing company of Mary Poppins. Her regional credits include Flounder in The Little Mermaid at The Municipal Theatre Association of St. Louis (The Muny) , The Girl in Way to Heaven at the New Jewish Theatre, Tootie in Meet Me In St. Louis at The Muny, Marta von Trapp in The Sound of Music at The Muny Opera, Macduff Child in Macbeth at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and ensemble work in Carmen and Alice in Wonderland at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Ms. Teeter's other New York credits include Eva in the new musical Lord Tom at the York Theatre, Young Marguerite in the 2013 workshop of Ever After directed and choreographed byKathleen Marshall, and Muriel Plakenstein in Merman's Apprentice at Birdland. She can be heard on the CD recordings of Merman's Apprentice, Lord Tom, and Carols for a Cure with the 2012 Mary Poppins cast. Ms. Teeter has studied with Russia's prestigious Bolshoi Ballet and made her full-length ballet debut as Clara in Missouri Ballet Theatre's 2015 production of The Nutcracker.
RAY ANTHONY THOMAS (Francis Nurse) was seen on Broadway in David Mamet's Race. His Off-Broadway credits include The Most Deserving at Women's Project Theater; Volunteer Man at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (Obie Award); Kindness at Playwrights Horizons; The Exonerated, Saved or Destroyed, and Black Eagles at Manhattan Theatre Club; and A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Delacorte Theater. As a member of the Atlantic Theater Company, Mr. Thomas has appeared in such productions as Between Riverside and Crazy, Human Error, The Beginning of August, The Lights, Edmond, and Distant Fires. He has worked at many of the major regional theatres across the country including the original company of Water by the Spoonful at Hartford Stage (Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Best Ensemble), Glengarry Glen Ross at the La Jolla Playhouse, the role of Proctor in The Crucible at Syracuse Stage, "Master Harold"... And the Boys at the Westport Country Playhouse, Top Dog/Underdog at the Pittsburgh City Theatre, A.M. Sunday at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, Fences at the Arden Theatre Company(Barrymore Award nomination), and To Kill a Mockingbird (Detroit Free Press Award). Mr. Thomas has appeared in seven plays of August Wilson's ten-play cycle, and was honored to appear in Fences and Jitney for NPR's August Wilson's Century Cycle. Film credits include Trouble with the Curve, Shutter Island, Pariah, Sleepwalk with Me, The Manchurian Candidate, and Changing Lanes. Television credits include "Their Eyes Were Watching God," "Rescue Me," "The Sopranos," "Oz," "Law & Order," and "I'll Fly Away."
BRENDA WEHLE (Rebecca Nurse) has worked regionally in Seattle, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Santa Fe, Williamstown, Dallas, San Diego, and Hartford. As a member of The Guthrie Theater Acting Company from 1985-95, she worked in over 35 productions, including Medea, King Lear, Richard III, The Seagull, Home, A Woman of No Importance, and The Misanthrope directed by Garland Wright. Regionally she's also worked with Bartlett Sher, Les Waters, Lucian Pintilie, and Robert Woodruff and has toured Europe with Peter Sellars' The Children of Herakles. Her New York credits include the Broadway productions of Pygmalion, Come Back Little Sheba, and The Big Knife. Her Off-Broadway work includes Obie Awards for Tony Kushner's The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures and Talking Heads, the Lincoln Center Theater productions of Spinning into Butter and The Grand Manner and, most recently, Pocatello at Playwrights Horizons. Her film work includes Soldier, American Beauty, as well as the upcoming Her Only Living Son and Chronic, which premiered at this past May's Cannes Film Festival. Her television work includes "Party of Five," "24," "Mildred Pierce," "Boston Legal," "Law & Order," and "Malcolm in the Middle."
ERIN WILHELMI (Mercy Lewis) appeared Off-Broadway in American Hero at Second Stage Theatre, The Great Immensity at the Public Theater, Core Values at Ars Nova, and The Great God Pan at Playwrights Horizons. Her film credits include The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The English Teacher, Disconnect, and All Relative. Her television credits include "The Knick," "Taxi Brooklyn," "Eye Candy," and "Gossip Girl." She earned her BFA at the University of Evansville.
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