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Miller’s ‘The Crucible’ Takes the Dillingham Stage

ITHACA, NY — Ithaca College Theatre will present the classic play, “The Crucible,” by Arthur Miller. Performances of this production will take place in Hoerner Theatre at 8 p.m. on April 22, 24, 25 and 26. A 2 p.m. matinee will be offered on April 26 and 27.

Tickets range in price from $5.50 to $11, and they may be purchased at the Ithaca College Theatre Box Office located in Dillingham Center. Please call (607) 274-3224 or visit for more information.

Miller wrote “The Crucible” in 1953. The story is based on the events of late 17th century Salem, Mass., when those accused of dabbling in witchcraft were tried and punished for their alleged crimes. Miller wrote the play as an allegory to the 1950s “McCarthyism,” during which time the U.S. Congress held hearings questioning Americans accused of holding Communist views.

When “The Crucible” first premiered on Broadway, Miller was unsure of how reviewers would respond to the production because of the controversial subject matter. He needn’t have worried: The New York Times proclaimed it “A powerful play [in a] driving performance.” The play went on to win the Tony award for Best Play in 1953.

“It is our hope that audience members will be engaged in the lives of these Puritans who actually lived through these times whereby innocent people were hanged just because they had an enemy in the town,” said Emily Naylor ’14, assistant director of Ithaca College’s production.

Director Norm Johnson leads Ithaca College Theatre’s production. The design of “The Crucible” was created by Andrew Hostler ’14 (scenic), Paul Radassao ’15 (lighting), Maxine Etchison ’15 (costumes), and Kevin Aloi ’15 (sound). Marisa Andrews ’14 is the stage manager and Alexander Pitt ’14 is the technical director.

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