Hilltop Players to present 'The Crucible'
October 14, 2009

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“The Crucible,” Arthur Miller’s drama that explores themes of forgiveness, redemption and goodness, will come to life on the Rudd Auditorium stage Oct. 22-24.


“‘The Crucible’ is not about the Salem witch trials, although it takes place in that setting,” Director Bernie Belisle said. “It deals with John Proctor, a man determined to find forgiveness, goodness, and redemption in a situation in which society defined truth and goodness according to its own purposes.”


While the McCarthy anti-communist investigations sparked writing the play, Miller used the Salem witch trials “to bring into focus an issue that still weighs heavily on American culture—the problem of guilt by association.”


Mr. Belisle said he chose the play because “it is one of my favorite plays of all time, and it is dramatically challenging to the cast. It really tests their maturity and development as actors. It’s a good solid drama, and we haven’t done one of those for a while.”


Heading the cast are Ethan Hargraves of Harrison, Tenn., playing John Proctor; Lindsey Wolfe of Indianapolis, Ind., as Elizabeth Proctor; Mariana Sterne of Alexandria, Va., as Abigail Williams; Cameron Lane of Dayton, Tenn., as Deputy Governor Danforth; and Brian Huff of Chapel Hill, N.C., as Reverend Parris.


Tickets for performances, which will be at 7:30 p.m. each day, may be purchased at the box office in Rudd Auditorium Monday through Friday from noon to 4:30 p.m. For further information call 775-7500. Credit card purchases can be made by calling the bookstore at 775-7271.