Azusa Pacific University Theater resumes its 23rd season with the Tony Award-winning drama The Crucible. The show runs February 15-25, with Thursday through Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday performances at 2 p.m. The production takes place in the Warehouse Theater, located in the Mary Hill Center of APU’s West Campus, at 701 W. Foothill Blvd., in Azusa. Free parking is available. For tickets, call the Felix Event Center Box Office at (626) 815-5494 or order them online. This play is intended for ages 16 and older. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended.
A masterpiece of American playwriting and a timeless social parable, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible recounts the Puritan purge of witchcraft in 17th-century Salem, examining the disastrous consequences of hidden motives, rumors, and suspicion in communities. When a reverend discovers his daughter dancing with town girls in the dark of the forest, he begins to investigate. What ensues is hysteria, accusations, and violence. Miller is regarded as one of the greatest dramatists of the 20th century, producing other classics such as Death of a Salesman and A View from the Bridge.
The Crucible won the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play, and has been adapted several times to film, opera, and television. The APU production is staged and directed by guest director Oanh Nguyen.
Nguyen has extensive experience as a professional director, artistic director, producing associate, board advisor, and panel speaker. He is the recipient of multiple grants including a New Generations Grant from the Theater Communications Group and the Arts Orange County's Outstanding Artist Award.
“The Crucible lays bare truths about human nature,” said Nguyen. “Set in the past yet illuminative of the present, this tragic tale is raw, suspenseful, and unstoppable.”
Azusa Pacific University Theater presents four stage productions for the 2017-18 season, featuring a combination of comedy, drama, and musical performances. For more information, visit the theater’s website.
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