The Crucible - (Seniors Age 12+) - Plot Summary: Act One

Updated: May 17

13th May 2020 - First cast Read-through...

'The Crucible'... what happens when?

Here's a little recap on the main events of The Crucible. It's a good idea to learn what happens when, so that you can consider how elements of performance and design might change as the plot progresses.

Act One - Reverend Parris's house, spring 1692

  • Reverend Parris caught his daughter Betty and niece Abigail dancing in the woods with his slave Tituba and some of the other village girls. Now Betty is ill. Parris accuses Abigail of conjuring spirits.

  • Abigail threatens to hurt the girls if they tell anyone that she drank a potion to kill John Proctor's wife, Elizabeth.

  • John Proctor comes in. He had an affair with Abigail when she was his servant, but it's over. Abigail tells him Betty's illness isn't caused by witchcraft.

  • Reverend Hale, a witchraft 'expert', arrives.

  • Abigail accuses Tituba of summoning the Devil. Tituba confesses and starts accusing others.

  • Abigail and Betty claim to have seen people with the Devil.

Notes on the Language used in Act One

Lesson 1 - Introduction 1

Lesson 2 - Introduction 2

Lesson 3 - Who's Who

Lesson 4 - Plot Summary: Act One


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