John Proctor is the Villain

In present day Appalachian Georgia, a high school class explores the seminal American classic, The Crucible. As scandal swirls in their community and old heroes are unmasked, the English assignment becomes uncomfortably relevant for the students. The line between witch and heroine blurs in this post-Me Too examination of power, love, and sex education.
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John Proctor is the Villain

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  • Amanda Card:
    26 May. 2020
    John Proctor is the Villain understands that young women are intelligent, multifaceted, and worthy of complex characterization. It tackles difficult topics like sex education, religion, sexism, and sexual assault elegantly and honestly. Theatre as a whole is grappling with how to approach material and systems that are standard/classic/canon which contain limited and often problematic points of view. How do we talk about it? This play isn't afraid to ask those necessary questions. Also, the joy and liberation in the last moment of the play? Young people dancing wildly to a Lorde song? I'm desperate for it.
  • BT Montrym:
    3 May. 2020
    This is the kind of play the world needs to be moving towards. It abandons cliché for nuance, filler for poetry, and despair for a realist hope. Belflower perfectly merges natural dialogue with rich characterizations, creating a stunning and gripping drama, all while presenting nine brilliantly relatable characters. Considering the subject, I hope it's not too ironic to say I hope this play swiftly joins the canon.
  • David Hansen:
    17 Apr. 2020
    Belflower's play is a high school drama which excellently describes the familiar manner in which woman is still pitted against woman in American society, a society still haunted by its Puritanic roots, for the continued domination by men. The cracks are beginning to show, though the light shining through them remains dim. This is a hopeful story, but also realistic. There's so much work left to be done.

    This script is tense, taut, humorous, dramatic, powerful, poetic, and devstating, and high schools everywhere should be producing this. Highly recommended!

Development History

  • Workshop
    ,
    Ojai Playwrights Conference
    ,
    2019
  • Workshop
    ,
    The Farm Theater
    ,
    2018
  • Commission
    ,
    The Farm Theater
    ,
    2017

Production History

  • University
    ,
    Rollins College
    ,
    2019
  • University
    ,
    Furman University
    ,
    2019
  • University
    ,
    Centre College
    ,
    2018

Awards

Kilroys List
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2019