On the road in 2018-19
Our 70th Anniversary season offers three fantastic plays: Arthur Miller's masterpiece The Crucible, Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days adapted for the stage by Laura Eason, and Shakespeare's uproarious Twelfth Night. All three plays examine our drive to take risks and the consequences that ensure -- a theme at the heart of National Players itself and central to our national identity.
By Arthur Miller
Directed by Jason King Jones
No one is safe as a reign of terror rips through 1692 Salem. Led by Abigail Williams, a group of girls who claim to have seen the Devil hurl out charges of witchcraft, sending those who won't confess to the noose. When the accusing finger points to his wife, John Proctor is forced to confront his past and determine his future.
Arthur Miller's searing drama, inspired by the McCarthy era, comes to vivid new life in the National Players' bare-knuckle staging. A piercing look at what can happen when truth is bent to political convenience, The Crucible is a powerful story for our time.
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Jenna Duncan
Shipwrecked and alone, Viola disguises herself as a boy and enters into Duke Orsino's service. Lovesick Orsino sends her to court the Lady Olivia, but Olivia is much more interested in this cute young newcomer... When, unbeknownst to her, Viola's identical twin Sebastian also washes ashore, a merry brand of chaos ensues. One of Shakespeare's most delightful plays, Twelfth Night is a classic tale of reckless revenge, mistaken identity, and mismatched lovers. All audiences will enjoy the National Players' fresh take on this spirited story.
Around the World in 80 Days
By Laura Eason
Based on the novel by Jules Verne
Directed by Jared Mezzocchi
The time: 1872. The claim: The world can be traveled in 80 days. The wager: 20,000 pounds. Determined to win, Phileas Fogg sets off with a rigid itinerary and bewildered new valet in tow—only to discover the unpredictable just might be the most rewarding of all. Join the National Players as they travel by boat, train, and elephant in Jules Verne’s epic adventure. Full of daring rescues, brash duels, and unexpected romance, Around the World in 80 Days is a trip you won’t soon forget.