directed by Wendy Merritt
Edmund Burke is credited with saying “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” If this idea were a fire then the story of the Crucible is the spark. It starts with something small: a young girl’s lie. Unassuming and insignificant by itself, but left unchecked and ignored it can grow into something larger: a wildfire. 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. The story focuses upon a young farmer, his wife, and a young servant-girl who maliciously causes the wife's arrest for witchcraft. The farmer brings the girl to court to admit the lie-and it is here the the monstrous course of bigotry and deceit is terrifyingly depicted. The farmer instead of saving his wife, finds himself also accused of witchcraft and ultimately condemned with a host of others.
7/13/2011 at 8:00pm