1970 – “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller

Posted on: January 13, 1970

In 1953, when the play was first performed, the United States were deep in the throes of the Red Scare. Senator Joseph McCarthy led a witch hunt against supposed communists, targeting various celebrities, government officials, and even writers and actors, many of whom were blacklisted because of their alleged ties to the Communist party. Miller himself was questioned by the House of Representatives’ Committee on un-American activities in 1959 and convicted of contempt of Congress for refusing to identify others present at meetings he had attended.

The Crucible, an ellegory of McCarthyism, is a historical play based on events of the Salem Witch Trials. It is set in a small Puritan village in the colony of Massachusetts in 1692/93, a time when paranoia, hysteria, and deceit gripped the Puritan town of New England. Repressive Puritan theology, which drives a group of young girls to accuse others of witchcreft to distract from their own sins and desires, sparks off a massive witch hunt and trials in which innocent people are convicted on filmsy evidence, just as they were during the Red Scare.


Betty ParrisDorothea Schneiderbauer
Rev. Samuel ParrisFranz Hasenrader
Tituba (his slave)Angelika Jaksch
Abigail Williams (his niece)Susan Curtis
Susanna WalcottGerlinde Kaserer
Mrs. Ann PutnamMargot Sturm
Mr. Thomas PutnamKarl Hubmayer
Mercy Lewis (their maid)Maria Böhm
Mary WarrenIlse Lackenbauer
John Proctor (a farmer)Adolf Wimmer
Rebecca NurseDeborah Kent
Giles CoreyGernot Pflüger
Rev. John HaleStephen Curtis
Elizabeth ProctorRoswitha Schreilechner
Francis NurseJosef Dobesberger
Ezekiel CheeverKurt Arrer
Marshall HerrickJames Thayer
Judge HathorneHeinz Friedrich
Deputy-Governor DanforthWolfgang Peschat

Original casting saw Wolfgang Peschat as Ezekiel Cheever and Alfred Ortmayr as Deputy-Governor Danforth. Due to the sudden illness of Mr. Ortmayr the roles were re-cast as above.


ProducerStephen Curtis
Set-DesignerUlf Prack
Business ManagerWolfgang Peschat
Costume DesignerSusan Curtis
Sound EffectsNorbert Müller
LightingKarl Schimpl
Kurt Krammer
PrompterKurt Arrer
Property MistressMarlis Haider
assisted by Gerlinde Kaserer
Assistant Set-DesignerSylvia Stehlik
PhotographsJames Thayer
Programme NotesWilfried Wieden

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