Feb. 3, 2017
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Wesleyan University’s School of Theatre Arts will present Arthur Miller’s classic drama The Crucible Feb. 21-26 at the Jerome Mirza Theatre in McPherson Hall (2 Ames Plaza East, Bloomington).
Set in a small town in Massachusetts, Miller’s play is a partially fictionalized and dramatized account of the Salem witch trials that occurred during 1692. In the plot, suspicion arises as Reverend Samuel Parris (Evan Rumler ’17) catches his daughter, Betty Parris (Yuka Sekine ’17), his niece Abigail Williams (Libby Zabit ’18), and his slave Tituba (Melissa Iheakam’ 18) in some sort of ritual in the forest. When Betty falls extremely ill the following day, rumors begin spreading around town that she has been afflicted by witchcraft. Abigail lies and begins falsely accusing people in town for practicing witchcraft. One of these people includes Elizabeth Proctor (Cadence Lamb ’18), the wife of John Proctor (Conor Finnerty-Esmonde ’17), whom Abigail had an affair with while she was working in the Proctor household. Winning the Tony Award for Best Play in 1953, the play is regarded as a central work in the canon of American drama.
Thomas Quinn, Director of the School of Theatre Arts, will direct the production along with assistant directors Jamie Kreppein ’18 and Cami Tokowitz ’19. Cast members also include: Dean Carlson ’17, Kaelin Reichmann ’19, Steven Schur ’17, Tuxford Turner ’19, Tim Foszcz ’18, Jean Muza ’19, Brooke Teweles ’18, Dana Clouser ’18, Hailey Lechelt ’18, Joanna Dooley ’19, Will Muller ’19, Megan Lai ’19, Danny Adams ’17, and David Kortemeier, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts. Crew members include Scenic Designer and Professor of Theatre Arts Curtis Trout, Lighting Designer Sunniva Holmlund ’17, Sound Designer Dani Von Helms ’17, and Costume Designer Connor Speck ’17.
Curtain is at 8 p.m. each evening with the matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Feb. 26. Tickets are $12 for Friday and Saturday, and $10 for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. Tickets can be purchased at the Jerome Mirza Theatre Box Office. For additional information, please contact the box office at (309) 556-3232.
By Vi Kakares ’20