by Arthur Miller
Playmakers Repertory Company, Chapel Hill, NC

Scenic: Narelle Sissons | Costumes: Grier Coleman | Lighting: Josh Epstein | Sound: Eric Collins


“PlayMakers‘ new Crucible asks as many questions of its audience as of its characters. Though the concept’s intention is not airtight, it need not be. I encourage you to see this production and uncover some answers of your own. With its superior cast, compelling design, and thought-provoking interpretation, Desdemona Chiang has put the spark back into this classic drama.” — Dustin K. Britt, Triangle Arts and Entertainment

“Desdemona Chiang has done a stellar job as director, creating a harrowing piece of theatre out of this American masterwork. Additional seating in this already intimate space puts the production completely in the round, adding to the impression that we might be at a town hall meeting.” — Garrett Southerland, Talkin’ Broadway

“PlayMakers Repertory Company’s production has its own take on timelessness in an intensely gripping staging, one of its best in several seasons… Director Desdemona Chiang ratchets up the tension right away in this riveting journey through all-too-familiar circumstances where unsubstantiated assertions become accepted fact, with devastating results.” — Roy C. Dicks, News & Observer

“Guest director Desdemona Chiang has this complex four-act with its huge cast well in hand, and keeps it moving at a pace that ensures an ever-heightening sense of danger… If you had to reduce the message of this play to one phrase, it would be to “choose death before dishonor.” But Miller, Chiang and the cast all have sympathy for the hard truth that our very cells cry out to live, and few souls can remain pure when their bodies fear for their lives.” — Kate Dobbs, The Five Points Star