The 78th McNeese State University theatre season
will open with the fall production of "The Crucible” by American playwright
Arthur Miller Sept. 27-30 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. in Tritico Theatre.
Set in Salem, Mass., in 1692, "The Crucible” follows a Puritan
colony wracked by scandal, superstition and hysteria. After a group of girls
are discovered dancing in the woods by the Rev. Samuel Parris, rumors of
witchcraft begin to spread amongst the devout community. In the resulting onslaught
of accusations and persecutions, Abigail Williams stands at the center of the
panic, her passion for John Proctor fueling the frenzy of lies, paranoia and
Miller’s 1953 play draws from his
own experiences during the chilling McCarthy era of American politics in
the 1950s. This political drama ties together two disparate time periods
through its depictions of mass hysteria, sensationalism and socially sanctioned
violence and acts as a warning to future generations.
Brook Hanemann will direct this American theatre classic. The
cast includes: Brahnsen Lopez, Lake Charles, as the Rev. Samuel Parris; Monique
Reason, Lake Charles, as Abigail Williams; Randy Partin, Moss Bluff, as John
Proctor; William Lormand, Lake Charles, as the Rev. John Hale; Paula McCain, Lake
Charles, as Elizabeth Proctor; the Rev. Mary Ringo, Lake Charles, as Tituba; Samantha
Brunson, Rosepine, as Betty Parris; Ashley Mayeux, Thibodaux, as Susanna
Walcott; Jessa Lormand, Lake Charles, as Mrs. Ann Putnam; Evan Seago, Lake
Charles, as Thomas Putnam; Zoe LeBeau, Lake Charles, as Mercy Lewis; Rebecca
Harris, DeRidder, as May Warren; Cherise Rausch, Lake Charles, as Rebecca Nurse;
Jonathan Richards, Lake Charles, as Giles Corey; Seth Trahan, Lake Charles, as
Francis Nurse; Dylan Conley, Ragley, as Ezekiel Cheever; Carson Turgeon,
Jennings, as Judge Hathorne; Matt Dye, Nashville, Tenn., as Deputy-Governor Danforth;
Theresa Marceaux, Lake Charles, as Sarah Good; Sean Hinchee, Lake Charles, as
Hopkins; Madeline Wright, Ella Theriot and Maggie Courtney, Lake Charles,
Himshree Neupane, Nepal, and Jennifer Tolbert, Big Lake, as courtroom girls;
and Conner Duvall, Hackberry, as courtroom guy.
Crew members include: Michelle Brunson, Rosepine, technical
director/set designer; Richards, light designer; J. Lormand, stage
manager/costume designer; Sydney Landry, Lake Charles, assistant stage manager;
and Hannah Jolivette, Iowa, backstage crew.
are $15 for adults, $10 for McNeese faculty/staff, senior citizens (62 and
older) and youth (K-12) and free for McNeese students with a current ID.
For tickets or
more information, call the McNeese box office at 337-475-5040 or go online at www.mcneese.edu/performingartsboxoffice.