Saoirse Ronan, Ben Whishaw and Sophie Okoneda will be starring in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible on Broadway. Previews begin February 29, 2016, and the Opening Night is April 7, 2016. Our reviewers from East Coast Stories have already gotten their second row seats and we can’t wait to see the performance.
These are three of the most talented young actors on the planet, and it is wonderful to see that they are taking on such a challenging and important work.
The Crucible is about the Salem witch trials of 1692. However when Arthur Miller wrote it, he was really referring to the anti-communist panic and the McCarthy hearings of the 1950s. In 1692, the word “witch” was so frighting, that there was basically no way to defend yourself if you were accused of being one. Two hundred and sixty years later, Arthur Miller realized that if Senator Joseph McCarthy accused someone of being a communist, the impact was very much like being called a witch in Salem in 1692.
Today, the witch and communism trials are long since gone, but the message of The Crucible is as important as ever. Just replace the word “witch” with the word “terrorist”. A peaceful person of Islamic faith accused of being a terrorist could find himself in a similar predicament of a “witch” in 1692 or a “communist” in 1953. After all we currently have one Presidential candidate (Jeb Bush) stating openly that only Christians from Syria should be allowed into the United States. Donald Trump has gone one step further and wants to ban all Muslims from anywhere, since they are all are suspected. terrorists With talk like that, it is important to remember a time in 1692 when suspicion turned into fear and then into hysteria. After 323 years we do not seem to have made much progress.