Art Alert: Witch trials come to AUC’s stage in The Crucible

Ahram Online , Monday 16 Nov 2015

The American University in Cairo’s Theatre Program presents The Crucible, Arthur Miller’s 1953 play dramatizing the Salem witch trials

The Crucible
(Photo: part of promotional prosper for The Crucible)

Frank Bradley directs a performance of The Crucible, an American classic play by prolific playwright Arthur Miller.

The Crucible is set around the 1692 witch trials that took place in Salem, Massachusetts. The play recounts the story of a young woman who, during a frenzy of the witchcraft accusations happening in town, takes advantage of the situation to frame her ex-lover’s wife in order to get rid of her.

Written in 1953, The Crucible won Miller a Tony Award for Best Play that year. It was also adapted into an opera and a movie in 1996, with a screenplay by Miller, starring Winona Ryder and Daniel Day Lewis, who is Miller’s son in law.

Controversy surrounded the play as Miller produced it during America’s Second Red Scare in the early 50s, a time when many were accused of, and tried for, being members of the communist party. In The Crucible, Miller compares the witch trials to McCarthyism, a term referring to accusations with unfair or improper evidence.

Frank Bradley is a theatre professor and the former artistic director of the theatre program at AUC. He directed a number of plays including Resistance, Mad Forest, School for Wives, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and Antigone.

Bradley is also the consulting artistic director of the Falaki Theatre in downtown.

The play will open on Wednesday 18 November and will run for 6 evenings till 24 November.

Wednesday 18 November at 6pm
Thursday 19 November at 6pm
Saturday 21 November at 5pm
Sunday 22 November at 6pm
Monday 23 November at 7pm
Tuesday 24 November at 5pm

Malak Gabr Arts Theatre, American University in Cairo New Cairo Campus, Road 90, New Cairo

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