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AUDITIONS MONDAY, DECEMBER 13TH BY APPOINTMENT. A Tony Award Winner for Best Play, this exciting drama about the purge of witchcraft in Salem is a gripping historical play and a timely parable of our contemporary society. The story focuses on a farmer, his wife, and a young girl servant who maliciously causes the wife's arrest for witchcraft. The farmer brings the girl to court to admit the lie, and here the monstrous course of bigotry and deceit is terrifyingly depicted. Arthur Miller wrote this masterpiece during Sen. Joseph McCarthy's House Un-American Activities Committee hearings, for which Miller was called to testify in 1956. “Although the play is an historical allegory for the McCarthy period, its true power lies in its ability to be re-interpreted to fit any time period. Its fertile themes - the lure of power, the gullibility of those who believe they have a moral imperative, the need to accept responsibility for the consequences of all actions, and the nature of truth - are universal in scope [and] have recurred with alarming predictability throughout human history.” -Review by James Berardinelli.
|Role Name||Gender||Ethnicity||Age Range||Description|
|Reverend Parris||Male||Caucasian||Any Age||Minister of Salem who catches his daughter, Betty with other girls dancing in the woods and believes they are performing witchcraft. Paranoid, power-hungry yet oddly self-pitying. Disliked by many.|
|Deputy Governor Danforth||Male||Caucasian||Any Age||Presiding judge; honest, scrupulous, at least in his own mind; convinced he is right.|
|Judge Hathorne||Male||Caucasian||Any Age||Presides over trials with Danforth. Weak character and does whatever Danforth tells him to do.|
|Giles Corey||Male||Any Ethnicity||Any Age||)Elderly, feisty farmer famous for tendency to file lawsuits. Friend of John Proctor; held in contempt of court when he defends his wife and is pressed to death with large stones.|