- Arthur Miller
- Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota
- Performed by
- Élodie Bouchez, Serge Maggiani, Sarah Karbasnikoff, Philippe Demarle, Sandra Faure, Jauris Casanova, Lucie Gallo, Jackee Toto, Marie-France Alvarez, Stéphane Krähenbühl, Éléonore Lenne, Gérald Maillet, Grace Seri, Charles-Roger Bour
The Crucible is one of Arthur Miller’s best-known plays; a masterly display of how intolerance and collective blindness can lead to chaos.
“The border between reason and madness, between justice and fanaticism is sometimes – and in all ages – easy to cross”, comments director Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota. It is this spiral of destruction that lies at the core of The Crucible, a play that draws inspiration from the famous witch trials that marked the history of New England at the end of the 17th century.
Based on rumours, paranoia, denunciations and puritan frenzy, the events took place in 1692, resulting in around twenty death sentences by hanging. Yet, in this 1953 play, Arthur Miller also points the finger at the “witchhunt” against communists that took place in the McCarthy era. Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota has created a universal drama that explores the complex relationship we have with power, questioning our values and putting the notions of bravery and resistance into perspective, as well as denouncing the ravages of one-track, totalitarian mindsets.