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A Larger Context

Saturday, April 21 at 5:00pm

$10 for General Public; Free for Olney Theatre Center Members


What does a witch hunt look like in 2018? How is mob mentality affected by a 24-hour news cycle or by social media? How is our elevation of personal stories to the level of cultural myth altered by our current technological world? Originally written as a parallel to the McCarthy era, The Crucible has always asked us to analyze our own culture through the lens of 1600's Salem. The world has changed around us rapidly since the play was written and the pace of how we transfer information has increased tremendously. Join Dr. Kerric Harvey (Associate Professor of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University) for a discussion of how stories like those told in the Salem Witch Trails become part of our worldview, how narratives are shaped, and the social and political impact they have on everyday life.