Audition: The Crucible

by Arthur Miller

Directed by Max Lewendel

Sunday 2nd June 2019 at 10am in Room One

Playing dates: 27th September-5th October 2019

An imaginative re-telling of a classic play, re-told with our turbulent times in mind.

Rehearsals will be three days per week (two evenings and a weekend). We will do our best to call you only when you are rehearsing.

As accents in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692 were much more like 17th century British accents than modern American, American accents will not be required.

Unless specified otherwise, gender, disability and ethnicity are entirely open. Those from BAME backgrounds or who identify as disabled are particularly encouraged to apply. Feel free to make bold choices about the part you wish to read for, but stay within your casting age please.

Synopsis

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 other-worldly 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.

Roles
  • Reverend Samuel Parris: male, 35-69, minister of the church in Salem; a widower, 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. Ethnicity: all ethnicities.
  • Giles Corey: 40-79, a farmer, salt of the earth, plainspoken, hardworking, somewhat dim-witted man of the land, extremely litigious background, who is still physically powerful; straightforward and unrefined. Has little formal education and relies on common sense which he finds more relevant than the dominant public opinion; provocative and easily proved, speaks before thinking; underneath this rebellious attitude resides a good heart. Able to withstand severe torture. Ethnicity: all ethnicities.
  • Rebecca Nurse: female, 50+, an elder of the Salem community; charitable, pious, kind, patient 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 behaviour of the court, she stands solidly in the path of the tidal wave of fear, hatred and bigotry until it engulfs her. Ethnicity: all ethnicities.
  • Thomas Putnam: male, 45+, wealthy landowner in Salem; savvy, politic, shrewd; even in the furore and chaos of the trials, he is able to see opportunity for profit. Ethnicity: all ethnicities.
  • Ann Putnam: female, 40-45, wife of Thomas; brittle, fretful, and anxious; haunted by the loss of her seven children, her grief has left her embittered and resentful of others’ good fortunes.
  • Sarah Good: female, any age, a homeless woman and one of the first accused of witchcraft; eccentric, slovenly, and prone to inappropriate outbursts, her unbecoming behaviour sets her apart from the rest of the community. Ethnicity: all ethnicities.
  • Judge John Hawthorne: 40+, judge presiding over the trials, second in command to Judge Danforth; confident and resolute; believes strongly in his own authority and importance; wilfully ignorant to any dissent voiced by the community. Ethnicity: all ethnicities.
  • Mary Warren: female, 13-18, the Proctors’ serving girl, who joins Abigail in crying witchcraft; timid and emotionally fragile; 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. Ethnicity: all ethnicities.
  • Tituba: female, 35+, 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. Ethnicity: Black/African descent.
  • Ezekial Cheever: 30+, officer of the court; takes his responsibilities to the court extremely seriously and does its bidding even when it involves arresting friends and neighbours; torn between duty and humanity.
  • George Herrick: age 30-49, marshal of the court; sympathetic and kind to the accused who are under his watch; attentive to his duties, but not overzealous.
  • Hopkins: male, 30+, guard in the prison. Ethnicity: all ethnicities.
  • Francis Nurse: male, 50+, 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. Ethnicity: all ethnicities.
  • Betty Parris: female, 12-16, youngest of the afflicted girls and Abigail’s cousin; joins the group of girls crying witchcraft; fearful, nervous, easily intimidated by Abigail. Ethnicity: all ethnicities.
  • Mercy Lewis: female, 13-18, late teens to play younger; Putnam’s serving girl and one of the girls who joins the group crying witchcraft; clever and sly; friend and confidant of Abigail’s, she functions as Abigail’s lieutenant and second in command. Ethnicity: all ethnicities.
  • Susannah Walcott: female, 13-18, late teens to play younger; one of the girls who joins Abigail in crying witchcraft; nervous and worried. Ethnicity: all ethnicities.
  • John Proctor: male, 35-45, independent, forthright, opinionated farmer; deeply complicated and sensitive; despises hypocrisy, most especially in himself; has little patience for the pretence 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 scepticism and outspokenness makes him especially dangerous in the eyes of his righteous neighbours. Ethnicity: all ethnicities.
  • Abigail Williams: female, 16-20, 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. Ethnicity: all ethnicities.
  • Elizabeth Proctor: female, 30-45, John Proctor’s wife; honest, proud, faithful, and principled; a person who sees little or no latitude when it comes to what is right; deeply hurt by her husband's infidelity, but still loves him fiercely. Ethnicity: all ethnicities.
  • Judge George Danforth: 50+, presiding judge who conducts the witchcraft hearings and trials and Deputy Governor of Massachusetts; called to Salem to preside over the trials; imperious, absolute, commanding; 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 into confession. Ethnicity: all ethnicities.
  • Reverend John Hale: male, 35-55, 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. Ethnicity: all ethnicities.
Open auditions

Please attend as many sessions as you like, noting which characters will be reading at which times. You are welcome to attend as many sessions as you want, either to read for multiple roles, or to observe.

Please contact Lucy Winston to book your place, and/or arrange to read a copy of the script, stating clearly which role(s) you wish to be considered for.

Contact

Lucy Winston
Production Manager
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Audition dates

Auditions will be held on the following dates:

Tuesday 28th May at 7.30pm in the Studio

Wednesday 29th May at 8.15pm in Room One

Thursday 30th May at 7.30pm in the Studio

Sunday 2nd June at 10am in Room One

Sunday 2nd June at 6pm in the Studio

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