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The Crucible – play

The Uxbridge Secondary School Dramatic Arts Department is proud to present…

By Arthur Miller

The Crucible is the first dramatic production ever to take place in our newly constructed theatre at U.S.S.

Winner of the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play, and written by world-renowned American playwright Arthur Miller, The Crucible recounts the real life events surrounding the infamous Salem Witch Trials of 1692 in Massachusetts. The play begins with a group of girls dancing in the forest around a fire and trying to contact spirits. One of the girls is found unconscious on the ground and stories of witchcraft arise. Trials ensue where some of the townsfolk are accused of witchcraft while others are denounced as liars. Adultery is revealed, provoking a truly extraordinary test of the human spirit. The witchcraft trials divide the town into those who want something for themselves and those who are willing to fight for what is right.

“In a crucible of searing heat, a man’s soul must submit to relentless examination where his character will be forged or destroyed.”

The play was written as an allegory during the era of ‘McCarthyism’ in the United States when the House of Representatives Committee on Un-American Activities engaged in a ‘Witch-Hunt’ of their own and blacklisted several accused communists, whipping up an atmosphere of paranoia and deceit which closely mirrored the hysteria that gripped the early Puritan towns of New England.

An ageless tale of fear, greed and power written by one of the greatest playwrights of all time

The Crucible reflects the infinite capacity for both good and evil which lurks within us all and the enduring power of the human spirit. Come out to be among the first audience members to experience our new venue and help support the dedicated students of Uxbridge Secondary School. Shows are January 15th, 16th, and 17th 2014. Doors open at 6:30pm, curtain at 7:00pm. Tickets are $10.00 and will be available at the door.