The Crucible

“The Crucible” stars, from left to right, Clara Bentz as Abigail Williams, Phillip Herrington as John Proctor, Amy Garland as Elizabeth Proctor and Erika Wilson as Tituba.

A farmer, his wife and a young servant girl.

A tale of deceit, jealousy and hostility.

These elements make up the foundation of Arthur Miller’s modern classic “The Crucible,” which opens Friday, Oct. 11, at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts.

Winner of the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play, “The Crucible” has arguably best been described as “powerful” by the New York Times.

The drama takes place in the insular, Puritan community of Salem, Massachusetts, where a group of young girls are found dancing in the woods and immediately fall ill. When no earthly cause can be determined, the citizens of Salem suspect that a more sinister force may be at hand.

As long-held grudges turn to violent disputes, humiliating secrets are exposed and disseminated, and the line between truth and pretense becomes increasingly blurry, the citizens’ dogged determination to root out evil becomes more dangerous than the evil itself.

When the burden of proof is invisible and the crime too terrible to name, everyone becomes a suspect and no one is safe.

Artistic Director Chris Hamby is no stranger to intense storytelling. He directed last season’s “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,”nominated for eight AriZoni Awards for Theater Excellence,  and the 2017-18 season’s production of “Frankenstein,” which also earned numerous AriZoni Award nominations.

When TheaterWorks puts on a production of the literary tale, once adapted into a film starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder, there will be audience seating allowing audience members to be on stage and fully immersed into the story. The seating guests choose when purchasing tickets will closely match the seating on the stage, though not exactly.

There will be a special pre-show lecture and post-show discussion after the 2:30 p.m. matinee performance on Oct. 19. Arrive 30-45 minutes prior to the show time to ensure adequate time to take a seat in the theater.

Tickets are now on sale now. The production takes place in the Gyder Theater at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 10580 N. 83rd Drive, through Oct. 27. Single tickets cost $18 to $38. To purchase tickets, contact the box office at 623-815-7930 or visit theaterworks.org.

For additional support, contact patron services at 623-815-7930.