Today, would have been the birthday of playwright Arthur Miller. A major figure in the twentieth-century American theater, his most popular plays include All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, A View from the Bridge, and the first play I ever saw, The Crucible. The Crucible is a dramatised (and partially fictionalised) story of the Salem witch trials that took place in Massachusetts during 1692 and 1693. Miller also wrote the play as an allegory for McCarthyism, when the United States government persecuted people accused of being communists.
Though widely considered only somewhat successful at the time of its release, today The Crucible is Miller's most frequently produced work throughout the world and the source of this week’s prompt.