“The Crucible” by Pulitzer-winning playwright, Arthur Miller, is set to launch UJ Arts & Culture’s performing arts programme for 2015 which is entitled ƎVO⅃UTION X.
"What better way to launch our tenth anniversary celebrations than with a timeless theatrical classic?” asks Grace Meadows who is producing the play for UJ. “Written in 1953 as an allegory of the social-political situation in America at the time, ‘The Crucible’ has just asmuch relevance for our contemporary global community as it did when it served as Miller’s commentary on the intolerance of McCarthyism,” she reasons.
Set in colonial Massachusetts, during the Salem Witch trials of 1692, Miller’s play is based on actual events where greed and vindictiveness fanned the flames of religious fervor until they almost destroyed an entire village.
According to Meadows, “We need only look to sensationalist Newspaper headlines, the masqueraded ‘truth’ of Huffington Post and Charlie Hebo to see we have clearly come full-circle to an age where fanaticism is destroying reason and witch-hunts are once again reducing people to fearful animals. It may not at face-value seem ostensibly celebratory, but for us anniversaries are not just an occasion for heady celebration. They are even more of a reason to reflect on who we are, how we arrived here, where we really want to be and what we need to do to get there. ”
Meadows has assembled a stellar creative team for the production: Alby Michaels takes the reins on as director, Wilhelm Disbergen is on board for set and mask design, Oliver Hauser takes care of lighting, original composition by Dawid Boverhoff, Craig Morris returns to UJ as movement specialist and Jo Glanville will be designing costumes.
“It is no coincidence that this is the second time I am directing this play,” says Michaels who received a Naledi nod for his 2011 Joburg Promusica production of the play. “There are certain plays I keep coming back to again and again. ‘The Crucible’ is one of those plays because Arthur Miller’s observation of the human condition is more than universal, it’s almost primordial.
UJ Arts & Culture’s production of “The Crucible” featuring a mix of UJ students and alumni with guest professional performers will run in the UJ Arts Centre Theatre on the Kingsway Campus from 16 April 2015 with low-price previews on 14 and 15 April. Full price tickets are R80, R50 for student’s and pensioners and R70 for bookings of more than 10. Book at Computicket or at the UJ Arts Centre offices during working hours. For more information call 011 559 3058 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For school and/or group bookings please contact Kerry Lee on email@example.com
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