CCC’s Muse of Fire Theatre Presents The Crucible

CCC Muse of Fire Theatre Presents The Crucible
Follow Corning Community College’s Muse of Fire Theatre Company back to 17th Century Salem, Massachusetts as it presents Arthur Miller’s powerful drama, "The Crucible."

The show will run from November 14-17, 2013 in the Science Amphitheatre, located in the Science building on the Spencer Hill campus in Corning, NY. Curtains open at 7:00 p.m. General Admission tickets are $10.00; tickets for students and seniors 65+ are $5.00.

A special preview performance will be held on Wednesday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m. for $5.00, students free with CCC ID. A benefit matinee for CCC’s Interfaith Campus Ministry will be presented at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 17. All tickets for the benefit are $15.00. Call 607-962-9448 for ticket reservations and additional information.

The Crucible’s timeless quality arises from its exploration of the deepest of individual human passions in confrontation with the established values of the community. It is a wrenching story of a man’s struggle to salvage truth and goodness from a world awash in lies and corruption. In the process, he must confront the consequences of corruption in himself. The actors in this production, bringing to life the intensely dramatic story of John and Elizabeth Proctor, Abigail Williams, and an array of unforgettable characters drawn from the pages of history, are CCC students, alumni, and faculty. Audiences will be powerfully moved by the entire ensemble’s performance.

The initial production won the 1953 "Best Play" Tony Award and is a central work in the canon of American drama. Though widely considered only somewhat successful at the time of its initial release, today The Crucible is Miller's most frequently produced work throughout the world and was adapted into an opera by Robert Ward, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1962. The Crucible is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York, and made possible in part by Student Life and the Division of Communications and Humanities of Corning Community College.

Cast members include Gordan Crans as ‘Reverend Samuel Parris,’ James Mitchell as ‘Thomas Putnam,’ Sam McLean as ‘John Proctor,’ Gary Yoggy as ‘Giles Corey,’ Benjamin Joseph as ‘Reverend John Hale,’ Ray Bulkley as ‘Francis Nurse,’ Katryn Phaneuf as ‘Ezekiel Cheever,’ Ned Milliken as ‘Marshal Willard,’ Josh Carson as ‘Judge Hathorne,’ Brian Schlicher as ‘Deputy-Governor Danforth,’ Karsyn O’Donnell as ‘Betty Parris,’ Krystina Brown as ‘Tituba,’ Selena Seaman as ‘Abigail Williams,’ Jessica Bulkley as ‘Ann Putnam,’ Kaylara Allington as ‘Mercy Lewis,’ Jessica Vazquez as ‘Mary Warren,’ Gladys Roy as ‘Rebecca Nurse,’ Sarah Schlueter-Eisman as ‘Elizabeth Proctor,’ Galyne Fischer as ‘Susanna Walcott,’ and Jessica LaVigne as ‘Sarah Good.’

Director Mary Guzzy, Associate Professor of Theatre and Humanities, says, “Arthur Miller has always been one of my favorite American playwrights and perhaps the American theatre artist I admire above all others for his artistic courage and personal integrity. As time goes on, and the American story unfolds, his great plays become even greater, the richness and relevance of their themes revealed with the passing decades.”

For ticket reservations or more information, please contact Mary Guzzy at 607-962-9448 or mguzzy@corning-cc.edu.