Tickets on sale for "The Crucible" beginning Oct. 12

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sept. 29, 2009) — The Bemidji State University theatre program presents “The Crucible,” a tragedy by Arthur Miller, for five performances beginning Friday, Oct. 23, and closing with a matinee performance on Sunday, Nov. 1.

“The Crucible” opens Friday, Oct. 23 with a 7:30 p.m. opening curtain, and will be performed Saturday, Oct. 24, and Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30-31, also with 7:30 p.m. opening curtains. The production will close Sunday, Nov. 1 with a 2 p.m. matinee performance.

Bemidji State’s production of “The Crucible” will be directed by Patrick Carriere, assistant professor of theater and communication arts. Scenery and lighting are designed by Ellen Jones, assistant professor of theater.

“The Crucible” is recognized as one of the most important pieces of 20th Century American drama. It is a powerful political piece that explores how individuals can exploit popular prejudices and fears to manipulate the government and distort the system of law in order to use these institutions to gain power and wreak vengeance.

Miller used the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 to shed light upon the hysteria of McCarthy era and the House of Un-American Activities Committee. In addition to its compelling story, it is a piece that, unfortunately, will always remain relevant, if only as a cautionary tale.

Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for students, children and senior citizens. BSU students are admitted free with a valid student ID. “The Crucible” is intended for audiences of high-school age and above.

Tickets are available in the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex box office, located in Bangsberg 101 on the BSU campus, beginning Monday, Oct. 12. The box office is open from 1-4:30 p.m. weekdays; call (218) 755-3935 for more information.

For more information, please contact Patrick Carriere at the Bemidji State University Department of Humanities at (218) 755-3901 or e-mail