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Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” opens 11th season at The Laboratory Theater of Florida

FORT MYERS, FL (August 15, 2019) – Arthur Miller’s The Crucible will open the 11th season at The Laboratory Theater of Florida on September 20th. Not only is The Crucible the season opener, but it marks a milestone as the 100th production put on by the theater.

Things take a deadly turn when Reverend Parris finds a number of young women inappropriately dancing in the forest. To save themselves from punishment, they claim they’ve been bewitched by various townspeople. Once these girls, who have never had any voice or control, get a taste of the power that their claims wield, is there anything they won’t do to get everything they desire?

Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is as relevant today as it was when it was first released in 1953, not long after the playwright had himself had been accused of un-American activities and communism by the McCarthy Commission. One of the original theater reviewers offered up this tidbit when asked his thoughts: “Arthur Miller’s The Crucible…is one of the great plays of American theater. A powerful and searing indictment of bigotry and ignorance, its depiction of the Salem Witch Trials of exactly 260 years ago is inescapably applicable to events today.    Robert Hilliard,  BROOKLYN DAILY drama critic,  January 23, 1953. (Reaffirmed August 12, 2019.)

Assistant Director Kendra Weaver says, “The theme of this play can be paralleled to any time frame, whether is 1692 or 2019.  The Crucible is NOW!!”

Artistic Director Annette Trossbach adds, “I would like to thank Robert Hilliard for his guidance and urging for the theater to produce this award-winning play by Arthur Miller.  It is a great honor and a challenge to direct such a seminal, time-honored, and award-winning show. It has dramatic, supernatural, heart-wrenching, comedic, and profound moments that are expertly woven into a story that continues to have a meaningful impact in our modern times.  I am blessed to be working with an outrageously talented cast and crew, each member of which had this play in his or her bucket list.”

The play features Steven Coe, Imani Williams, Paul Graffy, Melanie Payne, TJ Albertson, Kinley Gomez, Casey Davis, Lauren Miller,  Todd Lyman, Ruthgena Augustin, Patrick Ashton, Art Keen, Daniel Sabiston, Heather Johnson, Mike Dinko, Corey Kane, Isabel Isenhower, Elizabeth Mora, Emmie Spiller, and Tamicka Armstrong. Directed by Annette Trossbach, assistant directed by Rachel Burttram Powers and Kendra Weaver, stage management by Misha Ritter Polomsky, set design by Michael Eyth, light and sound design by Jonathan Johnson, costume design by Kristen Wilson, stage combat by Annette Trossbach. The production has been generously sponsored by Ella Nayor and Jeffrey Cull.

There will be an opening night reception, sponsored by Publix, starting at 7:15 p.m. on Friday the 20th of September.  For teens, there will be a cast and crew meet & greet with pizza generously donated by Downtown House of Pizza starting at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday the 21st of September, followed by a complimentary performance for the teenagers;  reservations are required.  There will be an audience talkback immediately after the performance on Sunday, the 29th of September. Florida teachers are offered buy-one-get-one tickets for this production; teachers are urged to call 239-218-0481 to make their reservations.

We have new seating. Rows A, B, and C are on the floor. Rows D and above are on risers.

The Crucible plays from September 20 – October 12 at the Laboratory Theater of Florida.

Performance dates:

September 20, 21, 26, 27, 28,  at 8 pm

September 22, 29 at 2 pm

October 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12 at 8 pm

October 6, 12 at 2 pm.


Special Events:

September 19th – Half-price preview night

September 20th – Opening Night Reception

September 21st – Teen meet & greet with the cast, incl. Pizza and a free ticket to that performance, reservations required. 

October 6th – Community talkback immediately following the performance.

Tickets are available to purchase on or by calling the box office at 239-218-0481. For additional savings, guests may purchase a 2018-2019 Season Pass.


The Laboratory Theater of Florida, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is dedicated to the promotion of the performing arts, through live performance, education, community outreach, experimentation, and the development of ensemble work. The company features ensemble productions, produces classic works, takes artistic risks, which both feature and challenge local performers. For more information visit or the physical location at 1634 Woodford Avenue, in the Fort Myers River District.