Salem Witch Trials Focus of ‘The Crucible’

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 23, 2012 – “The Crucible,” Arthur Miller’s exciting and powerful Tony Award-winning drama, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7-10, at 10 a.m. Nov. 9 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 10-11 in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre at the Southeast Missouri State University River Campus.

This powerful American classic drama is based on the Salem witch trials of the 1690s. After one of the young girls in Salem falls ill, rumors of witchcraft spread through the paranoid community, and soon townsfolk begin accusing each other of consorting with the devil. Honest farmer John Proctor gets caught up in a web of false accusations, intrigue and lies as he battles for his wife’s life and the honor of his family against the hysterical townspeople and the dictatorial Puritan clergy. It is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable of our contemporary society.

Dr. Philip Nacy, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, said, “[The drama is] an emotional and moving portrayal of how lies and mistrust can ruin innocent lives.”

The production contains adult content.

Tickets are on Sale Now.

Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651-2265. Tickets also may be purchased at RiverCampusEvents.com.