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The Arkansas Repertory Theatre presents Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.
The place is Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692, an enclave of rigid piety huddled on the edge of a wilderness. Its inhabitants believe unquestioningly in their own sanctity. But in Arthur Miller's edgy masterpiece, that very belief will have poisonous consequences when a vengeful teenager accuses a rival of witchcraft'and then when those accusations multiply to consume the entire village. First produced in 1953, at a time when America was by a new epidemic of witch-hunting, The 'convulsed Crucible brilliantly explores the threshold between individual guilt and mass hysteria, personal spite and collective evil. It is a play that is not only relentlessly suspenseful and vastly moving, but that compels readers to fathom their hearts and consciences in ways that only the greatest theater ever can. '[Miller's] plays'Death of a Salesman, A View from the Bridge, All My Sons, and The Crucible, for example? are among the 'nest works that have been produced in the twentieth century.' 'Harold Pinter 'Each time I reach the end of The Crucible and read John Proctor's 'nal act of rebellion, I gasp not because I don't know what is coming, but rather because I remain enthralled by the transcendent power of a few well-selected words on the page.' 'Lynn Nottage
The Crucible - Thomas Putnam :: Arthur Miller's The Crucible
PENGUIN CLASSICS THE CRUCIBLE arthur miller ('1915'''2005) was born in New York City and studied at the University of Michigan. His plays include All My Sons (1947), Death of a Salesman (1949), The Crucible (1953), A View from the Bridge and A Memory of Two Mondays (1955), After the Fall and Incident at Vichy (1964), The Price (1968), The Creation of the World and Other Business (1972), and The'American Clock (1980). His other works include Focus, a novel (1945); The Mis'ts, a cinema novel (1961); and the texts for In Russia (1969), In the Country (1977), and Chinese Encounters (1979), three books in collaboration with his wife, photographer Inge Morath. His memoirs include Salesman in Beijing (1984) and Timebends, an autobiography (1987). His short 'ction includes the collection I Don't Need You Any More (1967), the novella Homely Girl, A Life (1995), and Presence: Stories (2007). His later work includes the plays The Ride Down Mt. Morgan (1991), The Last Yankee (1993), Broken Glass (1994), and Mr. Peters? Connections (1999); Echoes Down the Corridor: Collected Essays, ? 1944'''2000; and On Politics'and the Art of Acting (2001). Among numerous honors, he received the'Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the John F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement'Award.