a historical drama
The story begins with the ordinary jealousy of a young girl rejected after trying to seduce a married man. It ends in a plenitude of gallows for the innocent and terror, hidden behind the mask of legal proceedings, which is spreading out of control...
This historical drama by Arthur Miller, one of the greatest playwrights of the 20th century, is based on real historical events. The witch trials that took place in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692 constitute one of the darkest chapters in American history. Miller wrote his story of how an innocent night-time adventure for some young girls gradually turns into a cruel and pointless witch hunt as an analogy of McCarthyism in 1950s America. However, the play still has timeless power even today, as mass hysteria, the need to assert the “one holy truth” in a totalitarian fashion and at any cost, as well as the desire to settle accounts with one’s fellows under the pretence of fighting for freedom, unfortunately exist in all historical periods and societies.
These days, Miller´s drama is considered to be the centre of the American dramatic canon and it hasn´t left the world’s stages for the sixty-five years that have passed since its creation. The role of tough John Proctor, a farmer who bravely stands up against judicial tyranny, has been played by such actors as Daniel Day-Lewis and Liam Neeson. With this production of The Crucible, a great, impressive, dramatic story has arrived at Brno City Theatre. Our ensemble is very well prepared for what will be an excellent performance.