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Danielle Murray

“The Crucible” Debuts This Weekend in Cazenovia

The 1953 award-winning play comes to life at the Catherine Cummings Theatre -- Friday night, March 28 with Sat. and Sun. performances
Cazenovia, N.Y. (March 21, 2014) – Cazenovia College’s spring production, "The Crucible," will debut this weekend - March 28,29 and 30 and  continue next weekend - April 4,5 and 6 with Friday and Saturday performances at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.  "The Crucible" is a 1953 award-winning play written by the American playwright Arthur Miller.  It is a dramatized and partially fictionalized story of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Province of Massachusetts Bay during 1692 and 1693.
David Lowenstein, Cazenovia College’s artist in residence, will direct the cast made up of Cazenovia College students and faculty, as well as several members from the Cazenovia community.  Casting is provided below:
Reverend Parris – Sonja Skaleki       
Betty Parris – Kathryn Clark             
Tituba – Michele Lindor                               
Abigail Williams – Christine LaClair 
Susanna Wallcott – Desire Rico                    
Mrs. Ann Putnam – Renee Joseph    
Thomas Putnam – Stewart Weisman           
Mercy Lewis – Tiffany Longacre                  
Mary Warren – Cheryl Chapman                 
John Proctor – Jeff Diaz                                 
Rebecca Nurse – Susan Palmer Everly        
Giles Corey – James Tobey               
Reverend John Hale – Robert Louis 
Elizabeth Proctor – Brighid Docherty          
Francis Nurse – Rudy Freidberg
Ezekiel Cheever – Tyler Cronk
John Willard – Dante Williams
Judge Hathorn – Patrick Taylor
Deputy-Governor Danforth – Maureen Louis
Sarah Good – Meghan Dillon
Ann Putnam Jr. – Alexandra Miller
Elizabeth Booth – Amber Bacchus
Elizabeth Hubbard – Emily Rahrle
According to Lowenstein, “The play is known by many as a central work in the canon of American drama.”  Lowenstein points out that Miller wrote "The Crucible" as a response to Senator Joe McCarthy's ‘Red Scare.’  “He saw parallels to what happened in Salem regarding the mass hysteria whipped up by false accusations and rumor,” said Lowenstein, who added, “In order to relate the play to a contemporary audience, we’ve done a bit of ‘gender bending’ casting; some roles usually played by men are being played by women.” 
Admission is $12 for adults; $8 for children age 12 & under; and $3 for Cazenovia College students.  The Catherine Cummings Theatre at Cazenovia College is located at 16 Lincklaen Street in Cazenovia, N.Y.  Event tickets will be available at the door before the event, and may also be purchased by calling 315-655-STAR (7827).  For additional details, contact Colleen Prossner, theatre manager, at 315-655-7238 or
The theatre is named in memory of Catherine Cummings, a 1925 alumna who had benefitted greatly by her opportunity to attend the College.  Thanks to the Gorman Foundation of Sherrill, N.Y., the Catherine Cummings Theatre at Cazenovia College will provide a venue for cultural events such as plays and concerts, as well as meeting space for the College and the Village.
Cazenovia College, founded in 1824, is an independent, co-educational, baccalaureate college located near Syracuse, N.Y., offering baccalaureate programs in the liberal arts and professional studies. Embracing student success as its primary mission, the College comprises a diverse yet close-knit residential community that fosters intellectual, social, and ethical growth. Our experiential and co-curricular learning opportunities and dedicated team of faculty and staff provide for an individualized educational experience that balances academic and student life. Cazenovia, named one of "America’s Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report, is also a national College of Distinction.  For more information, visit
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