Columbus State Theatre to Stage `The Crucible'

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Students of Columbus State University's Department of Theatre take the stage Nov. 18-21 in a production of Arthur Miller’s Tony Award-winning drama The Crucible.

Based on the 1692 Salem witch trials, the play depicts a searing portrait of a community engulfed by hysteria and intolerance.

Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at CSU Theatre on the Park, Mainstage.

Considered an historical allegory for McCarthyism, the play was first performed on Broadway in 1953, but its message about the power of lies and innuendo remain relevant, said Columbus State theatre professor Lawrence McDonald, who is co-directing the first CSU presentation of The Crucible

“The season selection committee was very interested in producing another American classic, preferably a large cast piece with many acting opportunities for our students,” McDonald said. “We selected The Crucible primarily due to the strength of the writing, timeless themes and casting opportunities.”

Between the different roles and understudies, more than 30 students are participating in the play. CSU senior Cory Jarrell said he took the job as student co-director “because Larry McDonald is good at coaching actors, and I wanted the opportunity of learning how to deal with a large cast and having so many people on stage with so much going on.”

The four-act play lasts about two and half hours with one intermission.

In addition to the performances for the general public, there will be additional morning shows exclusively for area high school juniors and seniors.

Tickets for the evening shows and Sunday matinee are $17, or $15 for seniors, children, active military and CSU alumni. CSU students can receive one free ticket while CSU faculty and staff can receive two complimentary tickets. Discounts apply for groups of 10-19 (10 percent) and 20 or more (20 percent).

Hours for the CSU Theatre Box Office at 10th Street and Bay Avenue are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, plus one hour prior to each show. For more information, go to http://theatre.colstate.edu/ or call 706-507-8444.