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Date(s) - 10/12/2018 - 10/21/2018
7:30 pm

The Varsity Center





Written by Arthur Miller

Directed by Elyse Pineau


The Stage Company’s first production of its 37th season is Arthur Miller’s 1953 Tony-award winning classic The Crucible.

The Crucible plays at The Varsity Center,  418 South Ilinois Avenue, Carbondale, Illinois, on October 12-14 and October 18-21.  Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students. However, all tickets on Thursday, October 18, are $7 for everyone.

The box office will be open from 5-7 p.m. October 9-13 and at 1 p.m. on October 14 .  The box office will again be open from 5-7 p.m. October 17-20 and at 1 p.m. on October 21. Call (618) 549-5466 to purchase tickets or you can buy tickets any time by visiting



The Stage Company will kick off its thirty-seventh season with Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. Elyse Pineau will direct, with Jodie Salazar as Assistant Director. Arthur Miller’s classic play stands as a timeless cautionary tale about the dangers of irrational fear mongering, theocratic government, and the breakdown of community relations. This production of The Crucible dramatizes the tragic consequences when an imbalance of power across gender, race and social class is fueled by fears that tear apart a community.


Miller wrote The Crucible as a searing indictment of the anti-Communist hysteria that gripped the United States during the 1950s, which led to the infamous House Un-American Activities Committee hearings led by Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin.



Arthur Asher Miller, born on 17 October, 1915 in New York City, is considered one of the greatest American playwrights. Miller graduated from the University of Michigan. While in college, Miller won the Avery Hopkins Award, a foreshadowing of his future phenomenal success, for his first play, No Villain.

Some of Miller’s other acclaimed plays are All My Sons (1941), for which he won his first Tony Award; The Crucible (1953) which won the Tony for Best Play; A View From the Bridge (1955); and, of course, Death of a Salesman(1949), described by many as the first great American tragedy.

Miller also wrote  the screenplay for 1961’s The Misfits, which starred his then-wife, screen legend Marilyn Monroe.

Miller was investigated by Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s House Un-American Activities Committee during the 1950s, which had as its purpose the identification of individuals thought to be Communists. When Miller refused to ‘name names’ or answer any questions about other people’s activities or affiliations, he was found in contempt of Congress and blacklisted; his conviction was overturned in 1958.

Mr. Miller  died on the evening of February 10, 2005 (the 56th anniversary of the Broadway debut of Death of a Salesman). He was 89.


ABOUT THE DIRECTOR: Dr. Elyse Pineau is an Associate Professor Emerita of Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, where she has taught, performed and directed since 1990. Dr. Pineau holds a Masters in Communication Studies from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. She specializes in adapting and directing novels for the stage. Pineau scripted and directed original adaptations for six novel-based productions at SIUC’s Marion Kleinau Theatre.

Currently, Dr. Pineau teaches courses on J.R.R. Tolkien for the University Honors program; this past summer she spent a month in Oxford, England, where she taught Tolkien’s life and work for a cohort of SIUC Study Abroad students.

Additionally, Dr. Pineau’s interest in solo performance led to her writing and performing two full-length, original one person shows, based on autobiographical and familial experiences.

.Cast and Crew:

John Proctor-Jeff McGoy

Elizabeth Proctor-Keisha Rafe

Abigail Williams-Amber Beyke

Rev. Parris-Eric Billingsley

Ann Putnam-Susan Harrocks

Thomas Putnam-Laura Borger

Tituba-Charlie Hope Dorsey

Rev Hale-Jeremy Osinga

Rebecca Nurse-Paula Hansen

Giles Corey-Gynelle Baccus

Mary Warren-Elise Wheaton

Deputy Gov. Danforth-Antonio Salazar

Mercy Lewis-Barretta Chullen

Judge Hathorne-Todd Brown

Betty Parris-Sena Ntumy

Ezekiel Cheever/Marshal/Guard-John Hunsell


Director: Elyse Pineau

Assistant Director: Jodie Salazar

Stage Manager: Jeff Keasler-Bird

Lighting Designer: Andrew Beyke

Costumer: Tricia Burns