Having had personal experience with the House Committee on Un-American Activities in the 1950s, Arthur Miller penned The Crucible, a drama born of hysteria and fear. Set in 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts Bay Colony, amid a whirl of reckless accusations of witchcraft, Miller’s play cuts right to the heart of paranoia’s poisonous power and serves as a potent reminder that irrational and unfounded fear of the “other” knows no boundary or time. One of the great American plays of the last century.