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School of Theatre and Dance Kicks Off Season with The Crucible, an Adaptation of the Salem Witch Trials

Posted Sep. 16, 2011

Meredith Kochan as Abigail Williams and Zach Hartley as Reverend John HaleKent State University's School of Theatre and Dance kicks off its 2011/2012 season with Arthur Miller's parable to 1950s McCarthyism, The Crucible, directed by Mark Monday. It runs from Oct. 7-16 in Wright-Curtis Theatre in the Music and Speech Building at 1325 Theatre Drive on the Kent Campus. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Box Office at 330-672-2497 or by visiting www.theatre.kent.edu.

The Crucible ties American culture of the early '50s into a dramatization of the Salem Witch Trials of the late 1600s. After a group of young girls is found dancing in the woods and one falls into a coma-like state, whispers of witchery take over the town. The situation quickly spirals out of control when one of the girls accuses her ex-lover's wife of witchcraft causing the villagers to turn on each other. The four-act tragedy was written in 1953 when the height of communist paranoia hit the United States. Senator Joseph McCarthy led an anti-Communism campaign that encouraged those accused of favoring un-American activities to confess to allegations regardless of the truth. The play's underlying themes include intolerance, hysteria and reputation.

"The Crucible, in essence, is a study in the pain of individual guilt and the seduction of power in society - especially in a theocratic one. It is also a play which concerns the ease in which humans betray our own values which we deem essential," said the play's director, Mark Monday.

Shows run Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. The box office is open weekdays from noon-5 p.m. and one hour prior to each performance. For tickets or more information call 330-672-2497. The box office accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, checks and cash. Tickets are $8 Students, $14 Faculty, Staff and Alumni Association members, $12 Seniors (60+) and $16 Adults. Groups of 10 or more are $7 per person. The Crucible is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

FOR KSU STUDENTS: On Weds., Oct. 12 students can receive 500 FLASHperk points by attending this performance.

The School of Theatre and Dance 2011/2012 season will feature The Crucible Oct. 7-16, A Chorus Line Nov. 4-13, Ragtime Feb. 17-26, the Student Theatre Festival April 5-7, Dance '11 Parallel+Intersect Dec. 2-4, B.F.A. Senior Dance Concert March 1-3, Student Dance Festival March 4 and Kent Dance Ensemble: Break Out! March 30-April1.

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For More Information Contact:

Effie A. Tsengas, etsengas@kent.edu, 330-672-8398

Attn Photo Editors: Images from the production will be available after Thurs., Sept. 29 by contacting Effie Tsengas at etsengas@kent.edu or contact Effie about arranging a photo op on Thurs., Oct. 6th.