“The Crucible” at Steppenwolf – planned with the city??

I just remembered that “The Crucible” will be included in Steppenwolf’s upcoming season.  As mentioned previously, this same play is Chicago’s new book club selection, which got me wondering as to whether this was a coincidence or planned.  I am leaning on the possibility that Steppenwolf worked this out with the city.  If so, my hats off to Steppenwolf for some brilliant *free* marketing!!!

Miller’s “The Crucible” to be Chicago’s next book club selection

Chicago has chosen it’s next selection for the “One Book, One Chicago” program: Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible”.  This Tony Award-winning play about the 17th Century Salem witch hunts and trials was Arthur Miller’s response to his censorship during the McCarthy trials in the 1950’s.  In a statement, Daley rightly equates this same sype of witch hunt to the atmosphere in today’s administration. 

“After 9/11, a lot of people have looked at the Muslim community, the Arab community in a completely different way and that’s really unfortunate. Also, many people are looking at the immigrant community in a completely different way, which is really unfortunate. We can learn from our lessons in history-and maybe we haven’t,” Daley told a news conference Thursday at the Harold Washington Library.

Daley goes on to sweep the internet into this milleu, including blogs: 

Apparently referring to modern-day political witch hunts, Daley said, “In the electronic age, anyone can say anything. It’s remarkable. You listen to radio and TV and read [Internet blogs] and they’ll say anything without any justification. It’s amazing. It’s a completely different electronic age today. Home videos, everything. People say and do things. It’s amazing what can take place. That’s why we have to be very careful and review what’s happening in America.”

Hopefully he’s not including this blog in with that group!

For the complete story from the Chicago Sun-Times, click here.