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Historical photo of actors in "The Crucible"

crucible-old-photo-1-verticalIn 1976, PlayMakers Repertory Company became the professional theater-in-residence on the UNC campus and brought Arthur Miller’s gripping play, The Crucible, to life among its first offerings. As the company celebrates 40 years, PlayMakers is once again performing the landmark drama, taking a fresh look at this searing political allegory about the responsibilities of citizenry and the slippery slope of mass hysteria.

The Crucible (this photo is from the 1976 production) runs Oct. 19-Nov. 6. For more, visit The Program in the Humanities will host an Oct. 22 Adventures in Ideas seminar, “History, Social Commentary and Arthur Miller’s The Crucible,” in collaboration with the production. To register, visit

Listen to a “Well Said” podcast with Producing Artistic Director Vivienne Benesch about PlayMakers’ 40th anniversary.

Please join PlayMakers for a special post-show discussion following the performance of “The Crucible” on Wednesday, Oct 26. Mark Perry, dramaturg of “The Crucible,” and Russ Shafer-Landau, director of the Parr Center for Ethics in the College of Arts and Sciences, will discuss the timely themes explored in the play and production. Wednesday’s performance and discussion are a part of the Carolina’s Human Heart: Living the Arts and Humanities initiative.

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