Theatre Centre Stages “The Crucible,” Arthur Miller Classic

“The Crucible” opens at the Theatre Centre on June 18th and will run through July 11, 2010 with a break for July 4th weekend.       This Tony Award winning play is directed by Chuck Tuttle, Education Director for Chattanooga’s community theatre.    Tuttle is happy to direct this Classic American work that he believes to be both timely and timeless.

The Theatre Centre writes this about the play:

Written in the early 1950s as a response to McCarthyism, when the US government blacklisted accused communists and questioned playwright Arthur Miller himself, The Crucible is based on the actual events that, in 1692, led to the Salem Witch Trials. The production won the 1953 “Best Play” Tony Award. A year later a new production was mounted and the play became a classic. Directed by Chuck Tuttle.

Friday, June 18 – 8:00 Opening night reception at 7:00 with complimentary adult beverages; performance at 8:00

Saturday, June 19 – 8:00 Performance

Thursday, June 24 – 7:00 Performance with real-time captioning provided by the Chattanooga Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America. Tickets start at $10 on Thursdays.

Friday, June 25 – 8:00 Performance and Talk Back. Meet with the director and cast to discuss the play and ask questions about the production.

Saturday, June 26 – 8:00 Performance

Sunday, June 27 – 2:30 Matinee performance

Thursday, July 8 – 7:00 Tickets start at $10.00

Friday, July 9 – 8:00 “Girls Night Out” with complimentary adult beverages with snacks.

Saturday, July 10 – 8:00 Performance

Sunday, July 11 – 2:30 Matinee.

Tacoma Public Library quotes Arthur Miller:

“I am not sure what The Crucible is telling people now, but I know that its paranoid center is still pumping out the same darkly attractive warning that it did in the fifties. For some, the play seems to be about the dilemma of relying on the testimony of small children accusing adults of sexual abuse, something I’d not have dreamed of forty years ago. For others, it may simply be a fascination with the outbreak of paranoia that suffuses the play—the blind panic that, in our age, often seems to sit at the dim edges of consciousness. Certainly its political implications are the central issue for many people; the Salem interrogations turn out to be eerily exact models of those yet to come in Stalin’s Russia, Pinochet’s Chile, Mao’s China, and other regimes. But below its concerns with justice the play evokes a lethal brew of illicit sexuality, fear of the supernatural, and political manipulation, a combination not unfamiliar these days”

Arthur Miller – “Why I Wrote The Crucible” New Yorker – 10.21.1996

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

Listen to the Story with Director, Chuck Tuttle:


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