O’Neill High School Presents The Crucible Nov. 14-16

Garrison students act in production

The James I. O’Neill High School Drama Club presents Arthur Miller’s Tony Award–winning play The Crucible, featuring Garrison residents Liz Walker and Alexandra Angelopolous. Donald Kimmel, also of Garrison, directs Miller’s drama about the Salem Witch Trials, written as an allegory of McCarthyism, when the U.S. government blacklisted accused communists.

The Crucible continues to be mounted and taught worldwide because it speaks to universal fears of social isolation and the unknown — fears especially present in the topsy-turvy social order of school.

Considering the myriad productions and cross-cultural power of The Crucible, Miller wrote: “We know how much depends on mere trust and good faith … and we know as well how close to the edge we live and how weak we really are and how quickly swept by fear the mass of us can become when our panic button is pushed. It is also, I suppose, that the play reaffirms the ultimate power of courage and clarity of mind whose ultimate fruit is liberty.”

Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, and Saturday, Nov. 15, and at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, in the O’Neill High School Auditorium, 21 Morgan Road, West Point. Tickets will be available at the door, $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

Garrison's Liz Walker (left) and Alexandra Angelopoulos, pictured at a recent rehearsal for the O'Neill High School production of "The Crucible." (Photo by Mary Ann Ebner)

Garrison’s Liz Walker (left) and Alexandra Angelopoulos, pictured at a recent rehearsal for the O’Neill High School production of ”The Crucible.” (Photo by Mary Ann Ebner)

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