Dr. Pinkham Directs Performing Arts Production of “The Crucible”

“The Crucible,” American playwright Arthur Miller’s play, is the spring production that will be presented by Nyack College’s Performing Arts Department on the Rockland County campus in Hilltop Auditorium, 13A Dickinson Avenue in Nyack, NY. Performances are April 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 7:00 p.m. Two Sunday matinee performances are on April 8 at 2:00 p.m. (Doors open at 1:40 p.m.) and on April 15 at 4:00 p.m. (Doors open at 3:40 p.m.).

Ticket sales are cash only at the door: $10 for adults and $5 for students.  All matinee performances are $5.  Students who mention that they read any promotion about the play can purchase two matinee tickets for the price of one.

English Department professor, Dr. Kevin Pinkham is the production director; assistant directors are Rachel Buratovich and Marissa Antonucci. Production crew members are Rebecca Cutino, Martha Hache, Madison Singfiel and Emily Swan. Thomas Trott is the marketing intern.

Dr. Pinkham offered the relevance of the play set in 1692-1693 in the Massachusetts Bay Colony to the climate in our nation today. “When Arthur Miller wrote “The Crucible” in the early 1950s, the United States was beset by deep political suspicion. McCarthyism led to national paranoia, deep distrust of the media, and public shaming. Once again, we find ourselves in a period of American history in which Americans fear fellow Americans, doubt the news, and accuse other Americans of anti-American practices.  It seems that all countries experience cycles of fear and anger, and the U.S. is not exempt. We regret that the lessons our ancestors learned from Salem and that our country learned during the proceedings of the House Un-American Activities Committee are once again necessary, but we live in hope that once again the arts can encourage citizens to rediscover the promise of our country and Christ’s vision to love our neighbor.”

Members of this year’s cast (character role in parentheses) are: Andre Douglas (John Proctor); Maria Paschalis (Abigail Williams);  Joel Frohlich (Rev. John Hale); Joanna Corl (Elizabeth Proctor); Dustin Phillips (Rev. Parris);  Helene Kunz (Rebecca Nurse);  Hannah Klumb (Susanna Walcott);  Rachel Buratovich (Francis Nurse);  Daniel Anger (Judge Danforth);  Kevin Astudillo (Giles Corey); Miguel Valentin (Thomas Putnam);  Kaelah Byrom (Ann Putnam, Martha Corey, Sarah Good) ; Desiree Torres (Tituba); Cecelia Humphry (Mary Warren); Marissa Antonucci (Betty Parris); Michael Chiofalo (Ezekiel Cheever); Adrian Brown (Judge Hathorne); Skylar Brown (Willard);  Molly Wisser (Mercy Lewis)

Concession refreshments available for purchase will be provided by Cultivate Coffee.