Linda Bell, 334/844-4748


AUBURN -- Auburn University's Department of Theatre opens its 2001-02 season with Arthur Miller's "The Crucible", Oct. 3-5 and 10-12, in Telfair Peet Theatre.

One of the best known American plays of the 20th century, "The Crucible" is a fictionalized account of the infamous New England witch trials of the 17th century.

Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students, $12 for seniors and AU faculty/staff and $14 for the general public. For reservations or more information call 844-4154.

"The Crucible" originally opened on Broadway in January 1953. Critics and audiences immediately drew parallels between the panic in Salem and the zealous hunt for communists then being carried out by Sen. Joe McCarthy, R-Wis.

McCarthy and his political allies pressed many people in government and entertainment industry to expose colleagues and co-workers suspected of communist sympathies. As a result, many lives and careers were ruined. Miller himself was subpoenaed by the House Un-American Activities Committee, but refused to give any information.

Scott Phillips directs Auburn's production of "The Crucible". An assistant professor of theatre since 2000, Phillips holds the Ph.D. from Ohio State University. An actor, director and theatre historian, he is an alumnus of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York, a former theatre critic for The Columbus Dispatch and co-author of the textbook Introducing Theatre.

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CONTACT: Bell, 334/844-4748; Ticket Office manager Marjorie Teeter, 334/844-4154.