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Cazenovia College Proudly Presents its Spring Production – The Crucible

The 1953 award-winning play comes to life at the Catherine Cummings Theatre this March and April
Cazenovia, N.Y. (March 12, 2014) – Cazenovia College’s spring production, The Crucible, will run March 28,29 and 30 and  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.  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 cprossner@cazenovia.edu.
 
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 provides 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 www.cazenovia.edu.
 
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