Advanced Drama Presents The Crucible
The place is Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692, an enclave of rigid piety huddled on the edge of a wilderness. Its inhabitants believe unquestioningly in their own sanctity. However, in Arthur Miller’s edgy masterpiece, that very belief will have poisonous consequences when a vengeful teenager accuses a rival of witchcraft, and accusations then multiply to consume the entire village.
Miller wrote “The Crucible” in 1953, at a time when America was convulsed by a new epidemic of witchhunting during the McCarthy hearings. He brilliantly explores the threshold between individual guilt and mass hysteria, personal spite and collective evil. Join Advanced Drama as they ignite the beginning of Berkeley’s next 50 years by reviving the classic drama that opened the Lykes Center for the Arts 15 years ago. Celebrate the talents and dedication of 26 young actors and three faculty members as they present a play not only relentlessly suspenseful and vastly moving, but which compels the audience to fathom their fears and consciences in ways that only the theatre can.
Opening night of the play will be on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. and will continue on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14 - 15 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a special after-school matinee on Friday at 4 p.m. Only general admission seats are available for the matinee, which parents, neighbors and students are all welcome to attend! View the fall play webpage
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