Studio 1 tackles ‘The Crucible’

Tyler Haugle and Rachel Teseneer star as John and Elizabeth Proctor in Studio 1's "The Crucible." / Rylie Van Wingerden, Times-News correspondent

By Rylie Van Wingerden
Times-News correspondent

   “I have given you my soul; leave me my name!” These are the iconic words of John Proctor, in Studio 1’s dramatic performance of “The Crucible.”
The play is set during the Salem witch trials and follows John Proctor (Tyler Haugle) and his wife Elizabeth (Rachel Teseneer) who are falsely accused of witchcraft by the revengeful and psychotic Abigail Williams (Kaylee Kress).
“Abigail is driven based on her emotions and not her common sense,” Kress said. “She’s a really dark character and sometimes it’s hard to spend a lot of time in her mind.”
And although it has its darker characters, there are also those who strive for goodness.
“The hardest part of playing John Proctor is all the layers to his character,” Haugle said. “He hates hypocrisy and lies, but he’s lied himself. He’s such an amazing, strong character and I’m glad I get to play him.”
“I immediately loved Elizabeth’s character and the emotion she had in each of her lines,” Rachel Teseneer.
Written by Arthur Miller in 1953, the play was first performed Jan. 22 of the same year on Broadway. It received a 1953 Tony Award for Best Play, and was described by The New York Times as “A powerful drama,” and by The New York Daily News as “Strongly written.” It has also been adapted into film, opera and TV shows.
“I want to tell a story about this horrific time in the history of our nation, but I also want people to look at this through a modern lens, to see that injustice still infiltrates our day-to-day lives,” said director Ashley Phipps.
Because of the depth of the story, along with harsh language and adult themes, this show is suggested for ages 13 and up.
Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 29, in the Sara McMillan Brown Theatre, Studio 1, 1332 Plaza Drive, Burlington. All tickets are $11 and can be reserved online at or at the door. For more information, visit or call (336) 534-0321.

 Rylie Van Wingerden is a freshman home-schooler and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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