The Crucible

Directed by Miriam Ani

May 18 to June 3, 2018

Written by: Arthur Miller

In the insular, Puritan community of 1692 Salem, Massachusetts, a group of young girls are found dancing in the woods, and immediately fall ill. When no earthly cause can be determined, the citizens of Salem suspect that some more sinister force may be at hand. As long-held grudges turn to violent disputes, humiliating secrets are exposed and disseminated, and the line between truth and pretense becomes increasingly blurry, the citizens’ dogged determination to root out evil becomes more dangerous than the evil itself. When the burden of proof is invisible and the crime too terrible to name, everyone becomes a suspect and no one is safe.

Performances: May 18 to June 3, 2018
Fridays – 5/18, 5/25, 6/1 at 8PM
Saturdays – 5/19, 5/26, 6/2 at 8PM
Sundays – 5/20, 5/27, 6/3 at 2PM

Auditions

 

Pacifica Spindrift Players presents Continuing Auditions for

The Crucible
May 18 to June 3, 2018
Rehearsals begin week of 3/18/18

DATE / TIME
Sunday, December 10, 10am-2pm

PLACE
1050 Crespi Drive
Pacifica, California 94044

 

Please select an audition time at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0c4facac2ba4fb6-auditions

We hope to see you there!

 

Callbacks

Sunday, December 10th from 4-8pm

Audition Requirements

  • AUDITION REQUIREMENTSMaterials To Prepare:
    1. Each actor is to prepare a two minute audition consisting of 2 contrasting monologues, about one minute each in length.2. Please bring your resume with a headshot if available3. Please bring your 2017 & 2018 calendar with a preliminary list of potential conflicts.Note: Callbacks will be held the same evening, Sunday, December 10th from 4-8pm. Please plan to make yourself available.

    Description

    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 otherworldly 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.

     

Cast of Characters

Breakdown

JOHN PROCTOR
30s. A farmer. Independent, forthright, opinionated. Deeply complicated. Despises hypocrisy, most especially in himself. Has little patience for the pretense and duplicity of the church or for making a show of his devotion. Tormented by guilt over his recent affair with Abigail Williams. His combination of skepticism and outspokenness makes him especially dangerous in the eyes of his righteous neighbors.

ABIGAIL WILLIAMS
To play 17. The Reverend Parris’ niece. Impulsive, strong willed, passionate, with a present sexuality and a fiery temper. Keenly aware of her own power, she is ruthless in her pursuit of getting what she wants.

ELIZABETH PROCTOR
30s. John Proctor’s wife. Quiet, restrained, and principled. She is a person who sees little or no latitude when it comes to what is right. At times, her rigid austerity tips toward coldness. Deeply hurt by her husband’s infidelity, but still loves him fiercely.

JUDGE GEORGE DANFORTH
60s. The Deputy Governor of Massachusetts, called to Salem to preside over the trials. Imperious, absolute, commanding. Relishes his own power. Knows the law and is unwilling to deviate from it or entertain exceptions or opposing views. Not afraid to use his position and authority to bully suspects and dissenters.

REVEREND JOHN HALE
40s. A respected minister and expert on witchcraft, brought to Salem to judge the veracity of the girls’ claims. Observant, judicious, rational. A man of faith—he truly believes in his power to heal and return individuals to God. Believes honestly in the trials until they begin to veer out of control.

REVEREND SAMUEL PARRIS
40s. The minister of the church in Salem. A widower, with no interest in children, he has been left to raise a young daughter. Self-righteous, austere and controlling. Protective of his reputation and assets. Paranoid that his enemies are attempting to overthrow him. His power and status within the community are irrevocably undermined when his young daughter is seemingly possessed by the devil.

GILES COREY
70s. A farmer. Salt of the earth, plainspoken, hardworking. A man of the land, who is still physically powerful. He is straightforward and unrefined. He has little formal education and relies on his “common sense” which he finds more relevant than the dominant public opinion. Provocative an easily proved, speaks before thinking. Underneath this rebellious attitude resides a good heart.

REBECCA NURSE
70s. An elder of the Salem community. Gentle, sensible, and virtuous. Her age, combined with the respect she has earned from the community has made her unafraid to voice her opinions. Appalled by the behavior of the court, she stands solidly in the path of the tidal wave of fear, hatred and bigotry until it engulfs her.

THOMAS PUTNAM
50s. A wealthy landowner in Salem. Vindictive, politic, shrewd. In the furor and chaos of the trials, he sees opportunity for profit.

ANN PUTNAM
40s. The wife of Thomas Putnam. Brittle, fretful and anxious. Haunted by the loss of her seven children, her grief has left her embittered and resentful of others’ good fortunes.

JUDGE JOHN HATHORNE
60s. A judge presiding over the trials, second in command to Judge Danforth. Confident and resolute. Believes strongly in his own authority and importance. Willfully ignorant to any dissent voiced by the community.

MARY WARREN
Late teens to play younger. The Proctors’ serving girl, who joins Abigail in crying witchcraft. Subservient and naive. Particularly susceptible to persuasion and coercion by stronger personalities. While she is not immune to the heady rush of her newfound power, she struggles with her conscience when she sees the pain caused by the girls’ accusations

BETTY PARRIS
Late teens to play younger. The youngest of the afflicted girls and Abigail’s adopted sister, she joins the group of girls crying witchcraft. Fearful, nervous, easily intimidated by Abigail.

MERCY LEWIS
Late teens to play younger. The Putnam’s serving girl and one of the girls who joins the group crying witchcraft. Clever and sly. A friend and confidant of Abigail’s, she functions as Abigail’s lieutenant and second in command.

SUSANNAH WALCOTT
Late teens to play younger. One of the girls who joins Abigail in crying witchcraft. Nervous and worried.

TITUBA                                                                                                                                                            30s – 40s. African-American. Reverend Parris’ slave, born in Barbados and brought to Salem. Wary and cautious, she is aware of the tenuousness of her situation and her lack of agency or power, exhausted and worn down after years of abuse. Spiritual. Rooted in a cultural tradition that is perceived as completely foreign by the small, insular Salem community

EZEKIEL CHEEVER
30s – 40s. An officer of the court. He takes his responsibilities to the court extremely seriously and does its bidding even when it involves arresting friends and neighbors. A man torn between duty and humanity. This role will likely double with:

GEORGE HERRICK

40’s. A marshal of the court. Sympathetic and kind to the accused who are under his watch. Attentive to his duties, but not overzealous. And. HOPKINS: 30’s – 50’s. A guard in the prison.

FRANCIS NURSE
70s. An elder of Salem and the husband of Rebecca Nurse. An upstanding member of the community. Honest and straightforward. When his wife is accused he comes to her aid and attempts to reason with the court for her release.

SARAH GOOD

40’s. A homeless woman and one of the first accused of witchcraft. Eccentric, slovenly and prone to inappropriate outbursts, her unbecoming behavior sets her apart from the rest of the community.

Rehearsals

Most rehearsals will most likely be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings, with possible Saturday and/or Sunday rehearsals as needed, especially as we near Tech Week.

The Tech Week and Dress Rehearsal Period will begin on Sunday, May 13, 2018. Attendance is mandatory for all actors/crew during that week.

Performances

Performances: May 18 to June 3, 2018
Thursdays – 5/17, 5/24 at 8PM
Fridays – 5/18, 5/25, 6/1 at 8PM
Saturdays – 5/19, 5/26, 6/2 at 8PM
Sundays – 5/20, 5/27, 6/3 at 2PM

Additional Information

Pay? No
Equity? No

Email auditions@pacificaspindriftplayers.org for more information.