The Nevada Conservatory Theatre (NCT) explores fear, anxiety, jealousy, and witchcraft with Arthur Miller's The Crucible Oct. 19-28 in the Black Box Theatre. Darren "Daz" Weller directs.
Miller’s searing 1953 commentary on McCarthysim focuses on the village of Salem, Massachusetts, in the 1690s. A series of misfortunes, indiscretions, and local girls dancing “devilishly” in the woods lead to the infamous Salem witch trials. This classic American drama explores what happens when a community turns against its own people.
Weller moved to Las Vegas from Australia in 2010 and is the artistic director at Cockroach Theatre Company. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in acting from the Queensland University of Technology in 1998 and has worked extensively with most of Australia's major theatre companies, including the Sydney Theatre Company, Company B Belvoir, Griffin Theatre Company, the Bell Shakespeare Company, Theatre of Image, Melbourne Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre Company, and the State Theatre Company of South Australia. His U.S. directing credits include: Macbeth and Good Kids (NCT), Spinning into Butter, Seven Deadly Sins and The Father (Cockroach Theatre Company), The Piff the Magic Dragon Show (the Flamingo), and The Small Space Festival (Emergency Arts). He is resident director of Human Nature's The Motown Show (the Venetian) and Spiegelworld's Vegas Nocturne (Rose.Rabbit.Lie. inside the Cosmopolitan). This year he will direct Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Sweat at Cockroach. Since moving to Las Vegas, he has appeared as an actor in the following plays: The Christians and Love, Love, Love (Cockroach Theatre Company), The Hound of the Baskervilles, To Kill a Mockingbird and Pippin (NCT), The Beauty Queen of Leenane (A Public Fit), Doubt (Las Vegas Little Theatre), The Wizard of OZ and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Las Vegas Shakespeare Company). For television, he was one of the lead cast members in the 11-part sketch comedy series Double Take for Freemantle Media and Channel 7, and has appeared in guest roles for many Australian broadcast network shows.
The cast includes Johann Heske as Reverend Parris; Olivia Enriquez as Betty Parris; Noah Keeling as Tituba; Aviana Glover as Abigail Williams; Jaeda Larkins as Susanna Walcott; Nicole Holbrook as Mrs. Ann Putnam; Spencer Bisek as Thomas Putnam; Sydney Story as Mercy Lewis; Juliana Renee Martin as Mary Warren; Nate Marble as John Proctor; Joan Mullaney as Rebecca Nurse; Gail Romero as Giles Corey; Bobby Lang as Reverend John Hale; Tola Lawal as Elizabeth Proctor; Sherri Brewer as Frances Nurse; Maurice Green as Ezekiel Cheever; Matthew Fischer as Marshal Willard; Cameron Bass as Judge Hawthorne; Delius Doherty as Deputy Gov. Danforth; Ashlie Carter as Sarah Good; and Axel Knight as Hopkins. The teen chorus includes Kyra Bracamontes, Gavin Robertson, Ruliko Cronin, and Kyara Williams.
The production and design team includes scenic designer Joe Garcia, lighting designer Kirt Siders, sound designer Rosalie Chaleunsouck, costume designer Gabrielle Lewis, technical director Marta Sarrion-Arrue, and production stage manager M. Sohaa Smith.
- 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 & 20 and Oct. 25-27
- 2 p.m. Oct. 21 and Oct. 28
Tickets are $20. Discounts are available.
For tickets or additional information, visit the Performing Arts Center website or call 702-895-ARTS (2787).
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