Media Advisory  / For Immediate Release: Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Hart House Theatre presents
a chilling classic with a timely message
 The Crucible
Toronto, Ontario - Opening January 19, Hart House Theatre is honoured to present a pivotal, American classic, The Crucible. Directed by Hart House Theatre alum, Michael Rubinsteinand starring a stellar cast of emergent talent, this production of The Crucible promises to deliver a classic tale through the lens of fresh, youthful talent and today's political climate.
About the show:  When a jilted lover seeks revenge, a deeply religious community is thrown into turmoil, and the law begins to turn on the very residents it should protect. A timeless play and a pivotal work,  The Crucible  is a tale of caution that warns of the deadly consequences when a society allows fear, suspicion and superstitious gossip to rule over facts and reason.

Michael Rubinstein We welcome Director Michael Rubinstein back to Hart House after his work as an Assistant Director in the highly successful 2012 production of Cabaret.

Michael has worked in the theatre, film and television industries both in Canada and internationally as a Director, Casting Director, Producer, Actor and Agent. He is a graduate from Ryerson University's Theatre program and had the incredible experience of working as an intern for West End and Broadway Theatre Producer, Sonia Friedman and International Actor and Producer, Kevin Wallace. Michael currently runs a talent agency called M2 Talent Agency.

When asked what makes The Crucible relevant today, Michael had this to say:

"Why now? Because it might be more relevant than when it premiered more than fifty years ago. It's a play filled with modern and contemporary issues, struggles, and human experience both individually and as a whole from politics, to relationships, friendships, sex, power, love, religion, knowledge and coming of age.

Although we say we learn from history, we tend to repeat ourselves over and over. Arthur Miller successfully brought this to light through the hysteria and political activity of the Communism scare in the US by paralleling it with the activities of the 1692 Salem witch trials, he also managed to foreshadow the future. Such events as the terrorism surrounding September 11th to today's US state of affairs, where the climate is being controlled by fear, while many are easily pointing fingers at the "different". In these times of great trouble, we see what persuades people towards bias and what influences others to stand their ground and follow their morality.

This fast and high-staked production aims to bring to life a moving, dramatic and fresh take on a classic that will resonate with audience members young and old and shake people into talking."

Joining Michael on the production team to transform our theatre into a foreboding forest are design team Chris Penna (sets), Brandon Kleiman (costumes), C.J. Astronomo (lights) and Jeremy Hutton (sound)..

Crucible Set
Preliminary Set Rendering by Chris Penna

To interview the director or our production team, or to arrange a tour of the build-in-progress, please call the media contact listed below.

The Crucible Set
Preliminary Set Rendering by Chris Penna
The Crucible
By Arthur Miller
Directed by Michael Rubinstein
Set Design by Chris Penna
Costume Design by Brandon Kleiman
Lighting Design by C.J.Astronomo
Sound Design by Jeremy Hutton

For full cast biographies, click  here . For more information on the professional production team, visit  here .  

Jan. 19- Feb. 3, 2018

Week 1: Fri. & Sat., 8 pm
Week 2: Wed. to Sat., 8 pm
Week 3: Wed. to Sat., 8 pm and Sat., 2 pm

Postshow Talkbacks: Sat., Jan. 20 and Thurs., Jan. 25
Preshow Artist Chat: Sat., Feb. 3 at 1 pm
Tickets & Box Office
Single Ticket Prices
Adults: $28
Seniors: $17
Students: $15
$12 Student tickets every Wednesday night

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About Hart House Theatre

Established in 1919, Hart House Theatre is the University of Toronto's Performing Arts Leader. Since its inception, the theatre's unique mix of young professionals, alumni and students has garnered the theatre a reputation as a cultural destination for not only the community of U of T, but also the city of Toronto.

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