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Theatre and Dance Department presents John Proctor is the Villain

Published February 11, 2022

The Nazareth College Theatre and Dance Department presents the mystery-thriller John Proctor is the Villain, written by Kimberly Belflower and directed by Rachel Solomon. It plays in the Callahan Theater on Thursday, February 24, Friday, February 25, and Saturday, February 26, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, February 26 and Sunday, February 27, at 2 p.m.


In present day Appalachian Georgia, a high school class explores the seminal American classic, The Crucible. As scandal swirls in their community and old heroes are unmasked, the English assignment becomes uncomfortably relevant for the students. The line between witch and heroine blurs in this post-Me Too examination of power, love, and sex education.


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The John Proctor is the Villain cast features: Andrew Bornheimer (Carter Smith), Violet Stephania (Shelby Holcomb), Emily Leake (Ivy Watkins), Gabriela Rose Mirasola (Beth Powell), Catherine Gregory (Nell Shaw), Mary Ellis (Raelynn Nix), Camryn Davis (Lee Turner), Nick Brown (Mason Adams), Katie-Beth Anspach (Bailey Gallagher). Student ensemble members include: Adam Shank (understudy Carter, Mason and Lee); Hannah Decker (understudy Beth and Bailey); Alexandra Cooke (understdy Raelynn and Shelby); and Yuhui Yang (understudy Ivy and Nell).

The John Proctor design team consists of Rachel Solomon (Director), Christine O’Grady Roberts (Intimacy Director), Katelyn Machnica (Fight Choreographer), Ola Kraszpulska (Scenic Designer), Tiffany Howard (Costume Designer), Emily Stork (Lighting & Sound Designer), Ella Falcone (Production Stage Manager), Noah Detar (Assistant Stage Manager), Annika DeVrise (Assistant Scenic Designer), Lindsay Reading Korth (Dialect Coach), Mary Farmer (Costume Shop Supervisor), Yuanting Zhao (Director of Production and Operation), Gordon Rice (Technical Director).

This play contains some themes of grooming, sexual exploitation and sexual violence. For more detailed information on these themes in the play, please read below. Please note that the following disclosures contain detailed information about the events of the play, and should be considered "spoilers" for the show.

Grooming and Sexual Exploitation: This play discusses and contains moments of grooming and sexual exploitation, specifically in relation to teachers and students. The play has explicit discussion of grooming and sexual exploitation in Scenes 11, 15, and 17, including discussing a teacher (Carter Smith) grooming and sexually exploiting a student (Shelby). In scene 17 it is mentioned that there are other instances of Carter Smith sexually exploiting other women.

Sexual Violence: In Scene 3, there is a moment of staged sexual violence involving non-consensual grabbing and kissing between two characters who used to be in a relationship (Lee and Raelynn). Lee covers Raelynn's mouth and kisses her non-consensually. Raelynn slaps Lee. Lee also violently pushes over a desk. 

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