Andrea Elsnerová, Tomáš Pavelka, Denny Ratajský, Ivan Řezáč, Svatopluk Skopal, Jana Kotrbatá, Tereza Terberová, Šárka Vaculíková, Igor Bareš, Otakar Brousek ml., Jiří Plachý, Eva Režnarová, Jaroslav Satoranský, Regina Rázlová, Andrea Černá, Marek Adamczyk, David Steigerwald, Veronika Divišová, Zuzana Walcottová
The play deals with the real historical events that occurred in the late 17th century in the Puritan-populated American Salem (Massachusetts), seeking in their demanding faith the source of power against difficult living conditions. The Salem Witch hunts was a unique manifestation of the Inquisition process in America at the dawn of its democracy. The story of the fanatic girls, who had supposed relationships with the devil, kept the whole village in check and was processed many times. Miller’s play respects historical circumstances, but is a major apocrypha for thinking about the dangers of abusing the populist and fanatical democratic institutions. It was written in the first half of the 1950s, in the years of political processes in both parts of the world, divided by the iron curtain. Miller himself was investigated by the infamous Committee for Non-American Activities.
“The Salem social order, a mixture of state and religious power, was created for the good, and noble intentions, the task of which was to keep the community together and to prevent inconsistencies that would expose them to destruction from material or ideological enemies. But it was the order that oppressed people more painfully than presumed dangers. The hunt of the witches turned out to be a panic that had fallen into all layers as the dragonflies swung to greater personal freedom. The Salem tragedy originated from this paradox, under whose rule we still live and which we can not solve.”- Arthur Miller (1953)