The Crucible

An Immersive Production Designed & Performed by the Salem Ensemble

by Arthur Miller

Poster of The Crucible

In the rigid theocracy of Salem, rumors that women are practicing witchcraft galvanize the town’s most basic fears and suspicions. When Abigail Williams accuses Elizabeth Proctor of being a witch, church leaders and townspeople insist that Elizabeth be brought to trial. When John Proctor attempts to save his wife, he quickly finds himself also accused of witchcraft and drawn into the hysteria of the town. The ruthlessness of the prosecutors and the eagerness of neighbors to turn on one another stands as a study of the debilitating power of guilt, the seductions of power, the flawed nature of the individual, and the courage with which some people confront what seems to be a ruling orthodoxy.Our production of THE CRUCIBLE is an actor-driven, highly physical, stripped-down, and immersiveproduction of Arthur Miller’s seminal play. The production will explore Poor Theater using found objects, Puritan Spiritualism, the actor-spectator relationship, and collaborative Story Theater. Featuring the largest undergraduate cast of the semester, our production is collaboratively designed by our ensemble members. Staged in the round, every element of the show–from lighting to sound effects to music–will be created on the spot. As such, no two performances will be the same on this Halloween weekend.We hope that this production will be a celebration of acting, creativity, and artistic collaboration at Yale. This is not your high school’s CRUCIBLE.

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Performance Dates & Times

October 30, 2014 - 8:00pm

October 31, 2014 - 7:00pm

November 1, 2014 - 8:00pm


Off Broadway Theater

Venue Accessibility: 
Building is accessible via a ramp at the main entrance. Seating and facilities are available on the main floor.


Betty Parris
Reverend Samuel Parris
Abigail Williams
Susanna Wallcott
Mrs. Ann Putnam
Thomas Putnam
Mercy Lewis
Mary Warren
Rebecca Nurse
Giles Corey
Reverend John Hale
Elizabeth Proctor
Francis Nurse
Ezekiel Cheever
Marshall George Herrick
Judge John Hathorne
Deputy-Governor Thomas Danforth
Elizabeth Hubbard
Ruth Putnam
John Willard
George Jacobs
John Proctor

Production Team

Costume Designer
Graphic Designer
Lighting Designer
Musical Director
Props Designer
Set Designer
Sound Designer
Stage Manager
Stage Manager