Mount Mercy University will present the 1952 play by American playwright Arthur Miller, The Crucible, November 16 - 17 at 7:30 p.m., and November 18 at 1:30 p.m. in Mount Mercy's McAuley Theater. Seating will be arranged in the round, providing a unique vantage point for the audience, and will be limited. Reserving tickets in advance is strongly recommended. Those with handicapped needs are encouraged to notify the university in advance so appropriate accommodations can be made.
The Crucible is a dramatization of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Province of Massachusetts Bay during 1692 and 1693, in a time when suspicion, hysteria, and fear gripped the Puritan towns of New England.
A timeless drama, Miller weaves a heart breaking story about society's assumptive actions in the face of ignorance, a universal theme that still rings true today. A master storyteller, Miller uses a strong cast of characters to show audiences the strength and power of the human spirit, its ability to light the way through the darkness when we are the only ones holding a candle.
The plot follows a group of teen girls, caught innocently dancing and conjuring "love potions" in the forest. Forced to tell lies about their actions and to name others involved, the play dramatically unfolds as other characters grapple with lies, suspicion and greed.
The play is directed by Mount Mercy's new Drama Coordinator, Nich Radcliffe.
Tickets are $8 for the general public, $6 for students and senior citizens, and $2 for children ages 12 and under. Group rates are available at the student price for parties of 10 or more. For more information, or to order tickets, call 319-363-8213 ext. 1229.
The McAuley Theater is located on the terrace level of McAuley Hall on the Mount Mercy University campus.