The Crucible*

The Crucible
OCT 22 – NOV 19, 2011
Arthur Miller
Susan Marie Rhea

Ireland Tour Production

Arthur Miller’s classic portrait of one man’s struggle toward grace is set in the scorching context of the 17th-Century Salem witch trials. A community galvanized by fear and suspicion, a wife betrayed by lust, an orphan girl blind with passion and possessed with revenge, ruthless prosecutors, deluded holy men and covetous neighbors.

The Crucible pulses with the destructiveness of socially sanctioned violence, the power of hysteria and rancor, the blindness of zealots, and the heart of one tortured man trying to find his own goodness. Keegan Artistic Director Mark A. Rhea reprises his acclaimed performance as John Proctor; Associate Artistic Director Susan Marie Rhea directs.


DC Examiner Review

“It is Rhea’s ability to make Proctor simultaneously a hero and a victim that makes the production work. Novack is equally good as Elizabeth, turning in a powerful performance.”

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The Edge Review

The performance was both engrossing and compelling. From beginning to end, the actors were fully dedicated to their parts.”

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DC Theatre Scene Review

“Director Susan Marie Rhea is quite commendable … she chooses to let the cast do the work and draws the best performance she can.”

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Metro Weekly Review

“The Keegan Theatre’s production of The Crucible, directed by Susan Marie Rhea, packs a wallop with its large cast of 20, including several child actors.”

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Washington City Paper Review

“Credit director Susan Marie Rhea with closely reading Miller’s text, and honoring it with a production worth seeing.”

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MD Theatre Guide Review

“From start to finish – and every moment in between – Director Susan Marie Rhea masterfully molds the play’s inherent tension into her own shape and lights the play with a dark twist of humor.”

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Washingtonian Review

“Director Susan Marie Rhea’s Crucible, which recently toured in Ireland , frames 1692 Salem in rustic beams and earthen colors, with austere lighting and haunting swells of music to complement the solemn subject matter.”

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Reverend Parris Colin Smith
Betty Parris (U.S.) Maggie Baldwin, Melanie Hanclich, Ilana Maiman
Tituba Shadia Hafiz
Abigail Williams Sarah Lasko
Susanna Walcott (U.S.) Margot Hanclich, Maura O’Reilly
Ann Putnam Sally Cusenza
Thomas Putnam Timothy O’Kane
Mercy Lewis (U.S.) McKenzie Nelson, Alana Wiljanen
Elizabeth Hubbard (U.S.) Ariel Cadby-Spicer, Anna Phillips-Brown
Mary Warren Emily Riehl-Bedford
John Proctor Mark A. Rhea
Rebecca Nurse Carol Baker
Giles Corey Timothy Lynch
Reverend Hale Kevin Hasser
Elizabeth Proctor Karen Novack
Francis Nurse Rob Weinzimer
Ezekial Cheever Bradley Smith
Marshal Herrick Todd Baldwin
Judge Hathorne Charlie Abel
Deputy Governor Danforth Kevin Adams
Sarah Good Sally Cusenza

Production Team

Director Susan Marie Rhea
Assistant Director Lauren Miller
Stage Manager Christina Coakley
Sound Designer/Composer Jake Null / Matthew Rippetoe
Costume Designer Kelly Peacock
Properties Designer / Set Dresser Carol Baker and Kat Wiskup
Light Designer (U.S.) Michael Innocenti
Dramaturg Megan Thrift


Ireland Tour Production