Corresponding with The Crucible's Broadway opening at the Virginia Theatre March 7, talk show host Charlie Rose chats with playwright Arthur Miller, actress Laura Linney and director Richard Eyre on PBS' "The Charlie Rose Show." Miller penned the classic drama, which takes place during the Salem Witch Trials. The play was written in the early 1950s (it premiered in 1953) as an indictment of the McCarthy communist witch hunts, although many embrace the work as a juicy, universal drama on its own terms. Actress Linney, Oscar nominated for "You Can Count on Me," stars as Elizabeth Proctor, a cold but virtuous farm wife, sentenced to hang for witchcraft. Liam Neeson plays John Proctor, the husband whose weakness helps undermine the couple's ability to fight a bloodthirsty community.
Britisher Eyre directs the Broadway revival, as he did with recent New York outings Amy's View and Skylight.
"The Charlie Rose Show" airs on PBS late nights. Check local listings for times and channels; air date or time may vary due to the current PBS pledge drive.