Abigail/1702, Exploring Aftermath of The Crucible, Will Play Cincinnati

By Adam Hetrick
January 8, 2013

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's Crucible-inspired drama Abigail/1702, which premiered last summer as part of the New York Stage and Film's 2012 Powerhouse season, will play the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park beginning Jan. 19.



The Cincinnati staging marks the first time Abigail/1702 has been produced since its limited premiere. The drama, which explores Abigail Williams' quest for a new life and redemption, will be staged by artistic director Blake Robison. It will continue through Feb. 17. Abigail/1702 officially opens Jan. 24.

David Esbjornson (Driving Miss Daisy, The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?) directed the Powerhouse developmental run of Abigail/1702, which starred Chloe Sevigny and Patrick Heusinger.

The Cincinnati cast will feature Stephanie Fieger as Abigail Williams, Nicholas Carriere as John Brown, Ross Bickell as Reverend Parris/Judge Sewell/Man in Gray, Deanne Lorette as Margaret Hale/Ann Foster/Elizabeth Proctor and Ethan Verderber as Thomas.

Abigail/1702, according to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, "tells the story of The Crucible's Abigail Williams after she stole through Salem's forest one dark night in search of a new life and new beginning. Ten years have passed since the infamous witch trials, but Abigail still struggles to atone for her sins, the ones history remembers — and darker ones that live in her heart. As she cares for a young sailor on the brink of death, a mysterious stranger from Abigail's past catches up with her, sending her on one final, suspense-filled quest for redemption."

The production will have set design by Wilson Chin, costume design by Marion Williams, lighting design by Matthew Richards and sound design/music by Matthew M. Nielson.

Aguirre-Sacasa also penned the revised book for Broadway's Spider-Man, as well as a new three-act version of Dracula for the Dallas Theater Center. His screen works include "Big Love" and "Glee." He is collaborating with Tony Award winner Duncan Sheik on a stage musical of American Psycho.

For tickets phone (513) 421-3888 or visit CincyPlay.