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The Crucible - Cast

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Main Stage performances are at the New Hazlett Theatre Center for Performing Arts

Performances are typically 2 hours long.

Showtimes: Friday & Saturday @ 8:00 PM
Sunday @ 2:30 PM



The Crucible

by Arthur Miller
Directed by Scott Calhoon
October 30, 2015 - November 8, 2015




Layne Bailey (Mercy Lewis) is a recent graduate of Seton Hill University receiving a BFA in Musical Theatre. She was most recently seen in the Pittsburgh New Works Festival in the one act play Two as Bernadette. She was recently seen in Seton Hill's productions of She Kills Monsters (Agnes), Tartuffe (Dorine), Cloud 9 (Edward/Betty), and Bat Boy (Shelly). She has also had the pleasure of performing on the Gateway Clipper in their production of the new musical A Pirate's Tale (Victoria) and in their Roaring Riverboat Review as part of their Fall Foliage and Casino Luncheon cruises. Layne is elated to be in her very first professional production and would like to thank God and her wonderful, loving, crazy family-for their love and support.

Chad Bruns (Ezekiel Cheever) received his training from the Donna Belajac Actors’ Studio, Susan Batson Studio, the University of Pittsburgh and The Second City. Theatre credits include Moon Over Buffalo, Farragut North, The Field; Film credits include Warrior, Two Lines of Vagary, Devil’s Night and I Had Fun. Chad is excited to be working with his Prime Stage team and has bought each member a cat to show his appreciation. Please do not be alarmed by any cats that get loose (unless it’s the orange one). He thanks his friends, family and agents for their support, his acting teacher Jill Wadsworth, and everyone involved with making this production a pleasurable experience.

Jeff Carey (George Herrick) Jeff is thrilled to be appearing in his first show at Prime Stage Theatre. He has performed at various local theatres, including Butler Little Theatre, Butler Musical Theatre Guild, New Castle Playhouse, Bobcat Players, Kean Theatre, The Youngstown Playhouse, and several others. He teaches English at Penn Hills High School.

Bill Crean (Deputy Governor John Danforth) is a local theater and commercial actor who has performed with South Park Theatre, Little Lake Theatre, Throughline Theatre, and Actor’s Civic Theater.  His most recent role was in Christmas Star (Bernie) with Pittsburgh Playwrights.  He returns to Prime Stage Theatre after having performed in Of Mice and Men (Boss), To Kill A Mockingbird (Sheriff Tate), and The Scarlet Letter (Governor Bellingham.)  Perhaps Bill should consider running for office soon!  Bill is grateful for the opportunity to work again with Scott Calhoon and be associated with this fine cast.  Enjoy the show!

Anya Epstein (Ensemble) is very excited to make her Prime Stage debut! She is sophomore Musical Theater Major at Pittsburgh CAPA where she has appeared in AIDA, FOOTLOOSE, OLIVER, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, SEUSSICAL (Cat In The Hat), HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL And CHAMBER MUSIC as Joan of Arc. Anya was seen (along with fellow CAPA students) in the Emmy-winning PBS pilot, SCIENTASTIC. She also attends Pittsburgh CLO Academy where she studies ballet and tap. Many thanks to Scott, Kate and the entire cast and crew for this wonderful opportunity!

Parag S. Gohel (Thomas Putnam) is a freelance artist, actor, and sound designer, who has worked in various roles with local companies including: Bricolage, City Theatre, Hatch Arts Collective, In Between Theatre, No Name Players, Throughline Theatre, PICT, UnSeam’d Shakespeare, Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks, and Unrehearsed Shakespeare Project. While Pittsburgh is home base for Parag, he also pursues projects in New York, Philadelphia, and international cities. This marks Parag's second acting appearance with Prime Stage Theatre, having played Mr. Paravicini in their production of The Mousetrap. He would like to thank Scott, the cast and crew, and his friends and family for the opportunity, love and support.

Linda Haston (Tituba) is a professional (AEA) actress, singer, teaching artist and director and had resided in New York City for 10 years where she has performed her own cabaret act, did National and Regional tours, from musicals, dinner theatre to outdoor drama. She has directed and performed in with various Pittsburgh theatre companies. Some favorite performance roles: Irene Page in Bubbling Brown Sugar starring Vivian Reed, Lily Ann Green in Lynn Nottage’s Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Jeannette in City Theatre’s 2005-2006 season opener of Crowns; Tituba, in Quantum Theatre’s 2007 production of The Crucible and Mrs. Dickson in Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel at City Theatre and Henry from the Club on National Tour as well as in Pittsburgh. 2009 as Addie in The Little Foxes and in 2013 a Citizen in Our Town at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, and in 2015 Theenie in For the Tree to Drop for PICT. She directed a production of Seasons Greetings by David Sedaris and continued directing in 2008-2010 seasons the very successful productions of How I Learned to Drive, Four Dogs and a Bone and the Club which she also choreographed and performed and in recent seasons Baby Makes Seven, and in May 2015 the Whale at Off the Wall Theatre Company. She was featured in the film Won’t Back Down, with Viola Davis and is the voice of “Cosmo” at Carnegie Science Center. She is an advisory board member at Off the Wall Theatre, and Education Director and teaching artist for Prime Stage Theatre. She last performed with Prime Stage as Calpurnia in To Kill a Mockingbird and is delighted to be back reprising her role of Tituba performing with such a stellar cast.

Elizabeth Irvine (Ensemble) is thrilled to be working with Prime Stage for the first time. She is in the 11th grade at Pittsburgh CAPA. She is there for theatre. She has appeared in Pittsburgh Shakespeare In the Park’s production of The Tempest, and Brawling Bard Theatre’s productions of The Complete Guide to Murder and Mayhem By Will Shakespeare and The Murder of Gonzago. She has also appeared in Lovie’s Spring at the Pittsburgh New Works Festival.

Adrianne Knapp (Abigail) is delighted to be returning to Prime Stage with Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. Recent productions include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Courtier, TACT Theater), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Starveling, Playhouse Jr.), and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Pauline, Prime Stage Theatre). She is a senior Acting major at Point Park University’s Conservatory of the Performing Arts. In addition to the stage, Adrianne’s next major project will be portraying the “Young Girl” in Kept Shut Production’s controversial short film Kiss Me Goodbye.

Joanna Lowe (Elizabeth Proctor) is a stage/film /commercial actress, director, producer, produced playwright, published poet, and spoken word artist. A theatre and writing major, she has worked with theatre companies all over the Pittsburgh area in various capacities both on and off stage. Her most recent film, Corpsing, was internationally distributed and her CD, The Occasional Ephiphany, can be found at She founded Cup-A-Jo Productions in 2004 and looks forward to her next endeavor, The Sisters, a modern adaptation of Chekhov's The Three Sisters to be mounted at The Carnegie Library and Music Hall in January 2016. Joanna is thrilled to be performing with Prime Stage in the role she's been dreaming of since 9th grade.

Ken Lutz (Giles Corey) Ken is a retired Pittsburgh Public Schools music teacher. Active in both theatre and music, Ken plays clarinet in the East Winds Symphonic Band and the Edgewood Symphony. Acting roles include George Spelvin in The Actor’s Nightmare with Proudly Presents Productions, Weller in Grand Dream Productions’ The Gin Game, Charles Thomson in 1776 with Artscape, Dr. Dorn in Wooden Rocket's The Seagull, Pastor James in The Gospel Singer with Pittsburgh Lab Project, David Kahn in Social Security and Bill in Making God Laugh with South Park Theatre. He has appeared in eleven productions with Prime Stage Theatre, most recently The Devil's Arithmetic.

Jason Spider Matthews (John Proctor) is pleased to make his Prime Stages debut in this production with such a wonderful role. He was last seen in No Name Players’ production of Fixing King John as the Bastard and was last seen in this theater as a prison guard in Barebone’s Jesus Hopped the A Train. Past credits also include the National Tour of Kiss of the Spider Woman (Marcos), A Hatful of Rain (Polo), Sunday in the Park w/ George (Boatman), and Dark of the Moon (John the Witch Boy). After studying theatre and dance at Point Park University, he spent 11 years in NYC working, performing, and teaching theatre. While there he is most proud of the work he did with disabled veterans while working with the National Theatre Workshop of the Handicapped (NTWH). Mr. Matthews wants to thank God, his family, and his friends for their love and support, which makes all things possible.

Joyce Miller (Rebecca Nurse) Joyce is honored to return to Prime Stage, having appeared as Mrs. Boyle in The Mousetrap here this past May. She enjoys working with a number of local theater companies including Little Lake Theatre, South Park Theater, Old Schoolhouse Players, Thoughline Theater Company, and Pittsburgh New Works Festival. Favorite roles include Amanda Wingfield (The Glass Menagerie), Martha Brewster (Arsenic & Old Lace), Gingy (Love, Loss & What I Wore), the Nurse (Romeo & Juliet), and Ethel Banks (Barefoot in the Park).

Zoey Myers (Ensemble) is so excited to be in her first show with Prime Stage! She is a sophomore musical theater major at Pittsburgh CAPA, as well as a student at The CLO Academy. Some of her past credits include Catch Me If You Can (ensemble), Chamber Music (Amelia Earhart), Aida (ensemble), Anything Goes (Prudence), Beauty and the Beast (Babette), In The Heights (ensemble) and Seussical (Mayzie la Bird). She wants to thank her family as well as the entire cast and team of The Crucible. Break a leg!

Sydne Samuels Rottenberg (Ensemble) is 14 years old and a freshman at Taylor Allderdice. She has been acting in the Pittsburgh community for the past five years. Sydne has performed in numerous productions with Gemini Children's theater and is now an intern; assisting teaching children's acting and performing classes. The past three years she has received lead roles in the Chatham Music and Arts DayCamp musical theater productions and was most recently seen as the Cat in the Hat in Seussical Jr. In addition to acting Sydne also loves to sing. This is her first time working with Prime Stage and would like to thank her directors for giving her the opportunity as well as her family for being there every step of the way!

George Saulnier (Reverend John Hale) George has been acting professionally for thirty odd years. He trained at Emerson College, Harvard, Shakespeare & co., the Trinity Rep Conservatory, and with Anna Deveare Smith. He moved to Pittsburgh three years ago. He has been in three shows locally, one of them being Prime Stage's production of The Turn of the Screw. Favorite roles include Hamlet, Krapp, Mason Marzac from Take Me Out, and Hamm from Endgame. He hopes to perform for again soon.

Jane Scutieri Tinker (Ann Putnam, Martha Corey, Sarah Good) is thrilled to be making her debut at Prime Stage Theatre! Recent shows include, Hairspray, Fiddler On The Roof, The Spitfire Grill, That’s Life, A...My Name Is Alice, Falsettos, The Sound Of Music, Music Man and many more. She has performed with such theatre companies as Pittsburgh Musical Theatre, Jewish Theatre of Pittsburgh, South Campus Summer Theatre, Theatre Factory, and others. Currently on faculty at Carnegie Mellon University’s Pre-College School of Drama and Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, Theatre Department. To my family, Brett and William – thank you for your unconditional love, support, and patience!!!!

Jason Michael Swauger (Reverend Samual Parris) is very excited to be making his debut with Prime Stage. Pittsburgh credits include The Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Adam and Noah in Children of Eden, Tommy in The Who's Tommy all with Pittsburgh Musical Theatre. Other local credits include Jerry in The Full Monty and Dr. Madden in Next to Normal both with Stage 62. He has been seen on stages throughout the world as the Opera Diva in Nickelodeons Rugrats a Live adventure and host of Double Dare 2000. Thank you to God for all you have blessed me with. I love you most.

Gracie Vensel (Betty Parris) is in the 5th grade at Steenrod Elementary in her hometown of Wheeling, WV, and is very excited for her debut at the Prime Stage Theatre. Gracie most recently performed in Pittsburgh CLO's production of Gypsy (Balloon Girl) at the Benedum Center. She is in her fourth year of study at Pittsburgh's CLO Academy, where she was recently cast as Dot, the flight attendant goose, in the All Academy Musical, Honk, Jr. You may have also seen her in The Sound of Music (Marta von Trapp) with the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Professional Company, or in A Christmas Carol (Lucy Cratchit) at the Towngate Theatre. Some of Gracie's other favorite roles include Little Red Riding Hood (Almost Totally True Story of Hansel and Gretel) with Greensburg Civic Theater, City Father (The Wizard of Oz) with Lincoln Park Performing Arts Student Company, and Josie (Seussical Jr) with CLO Academy, Gracie would like to thank her teachers, friends and family for always supporting her. Enjoy the show!

Bill Winzeler (Francis Nurse) is a retired Lutheran pastor from Moon Township and was almost 70 when he began acting. Recent roles include Harold Nichols in "The Full Monty," Teimle and Wonper in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," Andrew Carnes in "Oklahoma," and Alfred Mellon in "Death by Chocolate."

Maighread Southard-Wray (Mary Warren) is thrilled to be performing with Prime Stage in The Crucible, She has appeared in Robin Hood and The Tempest with Saltworks Theatre Company, and has also performed the title rolls in Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. Ms. Southard-Wray is a home schooled freshman, who enjoys playing cello in the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra, reading almost anything that’s good, and singing professionally when she’s not on stage. She would like to thank director Scott Calhoon and the cast and crew, as well as her friends and family.

William Yanity (John Hathorne) is seen here in his fourth performance with Prime Stage, having previously appeared in The Secret Garden, Romeo and Juliet and The Mousetrap. He was also seen recently in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot for Throughline Theatre Company. In the past William has performed with the New Group Theatre, Thoreau NM and Open Stage as well as several appearances with The Pittsburgh New Works Festival.