THE PLAYERS CENTRE JOINS THE WITCH HUNT WITH THE PRE-SEASON ARTHUR MILLER’S CLASSIC, “THE CRUCIBLE”

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THE PLAYERS CENTRE JOINS THE WITCH HUNT WITH THE PRE-SEASON

ARTHUR MILLER’S CLASSIC, “THE CRUCIBLE”

Sarasota, August 17, 2017   From August 31 through Sept 10, you don’t want to miss the pre-season opener, Arthur Miller’s famous work, The Crucible. Produced in partnership with Two Chairs Theatre Co., this is the first installment in a trilogy to present three works of Miller’s. In the past, Two Chairs, has presented three masterpieces by Tennessee Williams (The Glass Menagerie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and A Streetcar Named Desire). Winner of the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play, this exciting drama about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in old Salem is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable of our contemporary society.

 

Story:  In the insular, Puritan community of 1692 Salem, Massachusetts, a group of young girls are found dancing in the woods, and immediately fall ill. When no earthly cause can be determined, the citizens of Salem suspect that some more sinister force may be at hand. As long-held grudges turn to violent disputes, humiliating secrets are exposed and disseminated, and the line between truth and pretense becomes increasingly blurry, the citizens’ dogged determination to root out evil becomes more dangerous than the evil itself. When the burden of proof is invisible and the crime too terrible to name, everyone becomes a suspect and no one is safe. The Crucible, Arthur Miller’s remarkable 1953 play, remains as relevant as ever, and carries with it a stern warning: in every community torn by suspicion, the most dangerous threat may be the community itself. This historical play is a dramatized and partially fictionalized story of the Salem Witch Trials that took place in the Massachusetts Bay Colony during 1692/93.

 

Directed by Two Chairs founder, Elliot Raines, with help from Assistant Director Donna DeFant, Stage Manager Patty Snyder-Atkins, Assistant Stage Manager Robert Sewell, Costumes by Donna DeFant, lighting design by Daniel Polk and set design by Ken Junkins, you’ll find yourself in the midst of this always-poignant and timely classic piece of theater.

 

Performance Dates:

August 31 – Sept. 10, 2017

August 31  at 7:30pm – Opening Night

August 31 – Sept. 2 and Sept. 6 – 9  at 7:30pm

Sept. 3 and 10 at 2pm

 

Tickets:

$32 Premium

$27 Regular

$14 Students 24 and under with valid ID

 

Group rates:

Groups of 10 – 24               ($15 each)

Groups of 25 – 74               ($14 each)

Groups of 75 or more         ($13 each)

 

Cast:

Kassandra Moore as Betty Paris
Alyssa Hargreaves as Susanna Walcott
Carrie McQueen as Elizabeth Proctor
Kathi Faulkner as Ann Putnam
Lauren Ward as Mary Warren
Lynne Doyle as Rebecca Nurse
Brianna Larson as Abigail Williams
Laura McKenna as Mercy Lewis
Kimberland Jackson as Tituba
Donna DeFant as Sarah Good
Jay Bowman as Giles Corey
Dylan Jones as Rev. John Hale
Paul Hutchison as Rev Parris
Allen Kretschmar as Deputy Gov. Danforth
Tom Aposporos as Francis Nurse
Chris Hines as Ezekial Cheever
Rik Robertson as Judge Hawthorne
Josh Brin as Thomas Putnam
Jeff Cima as John Willard
Kevin Sario as John Proctor

 

Crew:

Artistic Director – Jeffery Kin

Director – Elliott Raines
Assistant Director – Donna DeFant

Stage Manager – Patty Snyder-Atkins
Assistant Stage Manager – Robert Sewell

Technical Director – Ken Junkins

Costumes – Donna DeFant

Set Design – Ken Junkins

Lighting Design – Daniel Polk

Props – Donna Labik, Martha Kessler

Sound Engineer – Josh Linderman

Asst. Tech Director – Alyssa Goudy

Master Carpenter – Bill Rusling

Backstage – Philip Troyer, Nick Cantanzaro, Grace Vitale

Spotlight – Miranda Becker

 

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The Players Centre For Performing Arts

838 N. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota FL 34236, 941-365-2494, Fax: 941-954-0282

www.theplayers.org. Box Office: Mon-Sat, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and one hour prior to curtain time.

The Players Box Office is located on Tamiami Trail between 10th Street and Blvd. of the Arts.

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