Teatro S茫o Jo茫o

The Crucible

by Arthur Miller
directed by Nuno Cardoso

The Crucible


The Crucible was an act of desperation.鈥 Thus the playwright Arthur Miller describes the genesis of this play, which is based on historical facts. In 1692, in the small American city of Salem, men and women are persecuted and put in trial for witchcraft. Rumours and lies are aflame, and no one seems safe from accusation or revenge. Premiered in 1953, The Crucible was conceived as an allegory of the darkness of McCarthyism, which corroded the heart of America. Miller was also a victim of that anti-communist fever. Out of its epicentre 鈥 a primeval fascination with paranoia, a collective rage that demands the sacrifice of individuals 鈥 multiple echoes resound today. With this play, Nuno Cardoso continues his inquiry into the foundations of community life, a new study of social man鈥檚 blindness. Miller again: 鈥淏elow its concerns with justice the play evokes a lethal brew of illicit sexuality, fear of the supernatural, and political manipulation.鈥


by Arthur Miller directed by Nuno Cardoso

translated by Fernando Villas-Boas set design F. Ribeiro lighting design Nuno Meira music and sound design Jo茫o Oliveira video Lu铆s Porto movement Roldy Harrys costumes TNSJ direction assistance Pedro Nunes

cast Ana Brand茫o**,** Carolina Amaral, Joana Carvalho, Jorge Mota, Lisa Reis, M谩rio Santos, Nuno Nunes, Paulo Freixinho, Patr铆cia Queir贸s, Pedro Frias, S茅rgio S谩 Cunha

produced by Teatro Nacional S茫o Jo茫o

playing time 2:15 Ages 12 and up

Show in Portuguese, English subtitles
Portuguese Sign Language + Post-show talk
19 Mar Audio description
2 Apr