Altoona Community Theatre
February 13-15, 2014 at 7:30pm
February 16, 2014 at 2:00pm
In 1692, a minister in Salem, Massachusettes, found his daughter dancing with her friends in the woods. When she faints and falls into a coma, rumors of witchcraft flourish, fueled by the minister’s niece who is later revealed to be having an affair with a married farmer. Accusations of contact with the devil suddenly are being hurled at many of Salem’s citizens and some are wrongly executed.
Arthur Miller based his play on true historical incidents but actually wrote “The Crucible” in 1953 as an allegory on McCarthyism. It remains today a powerful sermon on the peril of public manipulation and mass hysteria.
Directed by Michael Manfred.