On the Beam

How was Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" received when first produced in Cleveland in 1954? This brief play was commissioned by the Cleveland Play House and presented as part of an evening of original works entitled “The Centennial Plays” celebrating CPH’s 100th Season.
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On the Beam

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  • Rachel Bublitz:
    17 Apr. 2018
    Creative approach to a historical piece. I enjoyed how Hansen plays with dramatic form in this brief play, it was also fascinating to learn about some of the initial reactions to such a classic piece of the American Theater.
  • Ricardo Soltero-Brown:
    25 Oct. 2017
    There are playwrights who shy away from historical figures, David Hansen isn't one of them. It really impresses me whenever that happens. Some of the dramas that I have the most respect for had their stories and subjects taken right from the headlines and history books. Here's a play about a play that seems will never go away, and why. I can imagine the fun one would have just staging the start of it. What's extraordinary is how I wound up debating myself if the audience for this might be surprisingly younger or older. I think that's a good sign.

Production History

  • Professional
    Cleveland Play House