2018-01-12 / Arts & Entertainment

American classic The Crucible gets imaginative new staging at Longstreet Theatre

Contributed by UofSC Department of Theatre and Dance


Photo by Jason Ayer Photo by Jason Ayer The University of SC Department of Theatre and Dance will present The Crucible, Arthur Miller’s timeless parable of intolerance and injustice, February 2–10 at Longstreet Theatre.

Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, with additional 3 p.m. matinees Sunday, February 4 and Saturday, February 10.

Tickets for the production are $15 for students, $20 for USC faculty/ staff, military personnel and seniors (60+), and $22 for the general public.

For the first time in the theatre program’s history, tickets for the show are being sold online at theatre.sc.edu. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Longstreet Theatre box office beginning Friday, January 26. Physical box office hours are 12:30–5:30 p.m., Monday– Friday. Longstreet Theatre is located at 1300 Greene Street.

This Tony® award-winning American classic about a community wrecked by religious fanaticism resonates as much today as it did when it premiered in 1953. Based on historical records, The Crucible portrays the tragic horror of the Salem witch trials of 1692.

After being accused of breaking the town’s strict moral codes, a group of teen girls claim to have been overtaken by witchcraft. Their finger-pointing causes an epidemic of paranoia in the town, leading to a harrowing and deadly inquisition that leaves no one safe from suspicion.

“A powerful drama” — The New York Times. Director Robert Richmond and his creative team have designed a stage production that removes the often-performed drama from its historical setting, choosing to let the play’s enduring themes take center stage in a stark, institutional environment that immerses the audience in the action. He says the initial inspiration came in the form of a classic Victorian operating theatre, in which surgeries were performed with audiences in surrounding tiered seating.

In keeping with bringing the play to a modern sensibility, Richmond has assembled a racially diverse cast made up of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as guest artists, several of whom are alumni of the University’s theatre program.

“We’re trying to represent the world in which we live,” says Richmond. “There are more layers and textures to the relationships and the family makeup in this production which has been fun to work on.”

Cast in the production are graduate-level actors Kimberly Braun, Gabriela Castillo, Kaleb Edley, Kim Gaughan, Libby Hawkins, Darrell Johnston, Nicolas Stewart, and Donavon St. Andre; undergraduates David Neil Edwards, Olivia Hensley, Will Hollerung, John Romanski, and Cassidy Spencer; and guest artists Katrina Blanding, Hunter Boyle, Richard Calk III, Terrance Henderson, Jennifer Moody Sanchez, and Erica Tobolski.

Designers for the production are graduate design students Randy Young (scenic), Allison Newcombe (lighting), and Molly Morgan (costume), and guest artist Danielle Wilson (sound).

For more information about The Crucible or the theatre program at the University of SC, contact Kevin Bush by phone at 803-777-9353 or via email at bushk@mailbox.sc.edu.

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