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Friday, October 19, 2018


Photo by John Eaton
In "The Crucible," John Proctor played by Noyes Lawton (center) is torn between his wife's helper, Abigail Williams played by Christiana Young (left) and his wife Elizabeth played by Nikki York (right). This photo was taken during a rehearsal.

Performances of Hamilton-Gibson's “The Crucible” will be in the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre in Wellsboro at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 2 and 3, Nov. 9 and 10 and at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4. No one will be admitted to the theatre after the play begins.

On the surface, “The Crucible,” written by the late Arthur Miller in 1953, is about the Salem witch trials in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1692 and 1693. During the trials, people were presumed guilty until proven innocent and paranoia triumphed over reason. Through his play, Miller portrayed the witch trials as an allegory for the U.S. government, which persecuted Americans accused of being communists. Many of the accused were blacklisted or lost their jobs, although most did not in fact belong to the Communist Party.

"We have considered producing an Arthur Miller play for some time," said Thomas Putnam Hamilton-Gibson artistic director. "This seemed to be a good time for a play about half-truths and accusations and being swayed by suggestion and weak leadership."

The drama revolves around John Proctor, a local married farmer with a hidden sin, an affair with Abigail Williams. It proves to be his downfall. After discovering the affair.John's wife, Elizabeth fired her helper Abigail who is smart, wily, a good liar and vindictive when crossed. Noyes Lawton plays John Proctor. Nikki York is Elizabeth and Christiana Young is Abigail.

Mary Warren played by Vivian Kinter is the servant in the Proctor household and a member of Abigail's group of girls. Others in the group are played by Astrid Hakvaag, Lydia Howe and Alana Anderegg. Mary, who is timid and easily influenced by those around her, tries unsuccessfully to expose the hoax.

Ryan Dalton is The Rev. Samuel Parris. His 10-year-old daughter Betty is played by Lydia Howe and Tituba, the Daltons' slave from Barbados, is played by Valentina Love Salas.

The Reverend John Hale played by Ryan Mullins, is a young minister reputed to be an expert in witchcraft. He is called to Salem to examine Betty Parris. His arrival sets the hysteria in motion.

Thomas Putnam, a wealthy influential citizen of Salem, is played by Chris Bridges and his wife Ann by Erin Topf.

Terry Babb is Francis Nurse, a wealthy influential man who is well respected by most people in Salem but is an enemy of Thomas and Ann Putnam. Nurse's wife, Rebecca played by Barbara Biddison is a wise, sensible, upright woman who is held in high regard by most in the community. She falls victim to the hysteria when the Putnams accuse her of witchcraft and she refuses to confess.

Gary Siegfried plays Giles Corey, an elderly but feisty farmer in Salem, famous for his tendency to file lawsuits.

Herb Johnson is Judge Hathorne and Tina Eyer is Deputy-Governor Danforth, the presiding judge in the witch trials.

Ward Manufacturing is the play's sponsor. Admission is $12 per adult and $6 per youth, 18 and under. A FlexPass is $60. For tickets, call 570-724-2079, email or visit

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