Creating, performing, and producing Arthur Miller’s period piece, The Crucible, represents countless hours of work and demands monstrous efforts from the passionate artistic director, Michael Marinucci, and his zealous cast of AIS actors.
The Crucible is considered as one of the top three American plays of the 20th century. It was written by Arthur Miller in 1953 and refers to the actual Salem witch trials that took place in 1692 and 1693. This horrifying true story is rewritten, partly fictionalized and an allegory for McCarthyism during the 1950’s “Red Scare”. The play portrays complex hysteric and manipulative characters in a chaotic atmosphere that will both scare and thrill the audience.
The director, Mr. Marinucci has produced 55 plays during his 33 years teaching at AIS. It has not gotten any easier with time, and every production “is a new challenge,” he says. He also explains that the hardest part about putting on the fall play is, “when I lay awake at night, wondering if I will get everything done.”
The play also represents an astonishing amount of elements to consider, ranging from blocking, set designs, costumes, lines memorization, and lights. Mr. Marinucci is a perfectionist who pays incredible attention to the smallest details, with everything considered in order to create remarkable and real theatre. All will have to be perfect as during the three days of performance, the work of Mr. Marinucci and his troupe of actors will be “under the spotlight” both literally and figuratively. This explains the fear of making a mistake that haunts everyone involved in this production, however, rest assured that with this obsession over details, the production will be stellar and the performances outstanding.
After such hard work, the production will surely be a major achievement that Mr. Marinucci, every actor, and every member of the AIS community will be proud of.