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Lionheart Theatre puts 'The Crucible' on stage

Accusations fly from the mouths of two girls — “I saw Sarah Good with the Devil!” Abigail Williams (played by Sarah Frey) cries. “I saw Goody Osburn with the Devil! I saw Bridget Bishop with the Devil!”

“I saw George Jacobs with the Devil!” Betty Parris (played by Marianne Shelburn) shouts, rising from her sickbed to join her cousin in condemning those they name. “I saw Goody Howe with the Devil!”

IF YOU GO

• What: “The Crucible”

• When: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 19

• Where: Lionheart Theatre, 10 College St. in Norcross

• Cost: $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students

• For more information: Call 678-938-8518 or visit www.lionhearttheatre.org

Their accusations of witchcraft create a frenzy of suspicion in the opening act of Lionheart Theatre Company’s production of Arthur Miller’s classic play “The Crucible.”

“We start with the proposition that ‘The Crucible’ is one of the great masterpieces of American drama written by a great master of American drama,” director John Doran said. “We feel very confident that our show will do justice to the majesty of this work.”

Miller’s dramatization of the Salem witch trials of 1692 and 1693 follows a group of young women and girls as they garner attention and praise from falsely accusing their neighbors of consorting with the devil, a dangerous game that tears apart the Salem community.

“People can expect a great show,” Doran said. “It’s packed with drama, a lot of action, wonderfully paced, it will be a real pleasure for our audience.”

While some of the cast members have researched the historical figures Miller used to model his characters, Bob Smith, the Norcross resident who plays the role of Salem farmer John Proctor, has drawn from the play’s implications as an allegory for Senator Joseph McCarthy’s persecution of suspected Communist sympathizers through investigations during the 1950s.

“I actually was more interested in how it impacts our life today and the way things are right now and were in the ’50s when (Miller) wrote this,” he said. “It’s who he was representing conveniently with each of those characters (that is) probably even more interesting to me and still applies. It sound cliche, but it still applies so much today with patriotism and whether or not people are really Americans or real patriots. It’s a very interesting play to have right now.”

Lionheart Theatre Company will present “The Crucible” at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 19. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students and admission includes a complimentary dessert. For more information, call 678-938-8518 or visit www.lionhearttheatre.org.