Scott Rudin Will Produce Broadway Revival of Witch-Hunt Drama The Crucible

News   Scott Rudin Will Produce Broadway Revival of Witch-Hunt Drama The Crucible
 
Scott Rudin, currently represented on Broadway with Skylight, The Audience and Fish in the Dark, will produce a Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's Salem-set The Crucible in 2016.

According to an Actors' Equity casting notice, rehearsals will begin in January 2016 with a first preview currently scheduled for Feb. 29. The production will play a limited engagement through July 17.

The casting directors are Heidi Griffiths and Zoe Rotter.

Neither a director nor a theatre has been named.

Miller's award-winning drama, according to the casting notice, is described as such: "In the tight-knit, Puritan town of Salem, a group of girls are discovered dancing in the woods and then immediately fall ill. When no earthly cause can be identified, fear and suspicion begin to percolate in the small, isolated community, that something larger, more fearsome, and other worldly may be to blame. Buried secrets and resentments are brought to light, and attempts to root out evil lead to finger-pointing, treachery, and betrayal. When everyone is a suspect, sometimes the most dangerous threat to the community may be the community itself."

The roles of John Proctor, Abigail Williams, Elizabeth Proctor, Judge George Danforth and Rev. John Hale have already been cast. (In March the Daily Mail reported that Tony winner Sophie Okonedo would star in a New York production of The Crucible directed by Ivo van Hove.) The Crucible debuted on Broadway in January 1953, winning the Tony for Best Play. The most recent revival, directed by Richard Eyre in 2002, co-starred Laura Linney and Liam Neeson.

An official announcement about the Broadway revival has yet to be made.

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