She plays villain in Arthur Miller's allegory on McCathyism
By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Actress Rebekah Madebach, a Bedford-Stuyvesant resident, will tackle one of the theater’s most challenging roles when she stars as Abigail Williams in a production of Arthur Miller’s classic American drama “The Crucible,” presented by the St. Bart’s Players opening on Nov. 14.
The play will be presented at St. Bartholomew’s Church, 325 Park Ave. in Manhattan.
The St. Bart’s Players theater company is marking its 85th season with this production of the Miller classic. “The Crucible” explores the depths of love, fiendish greed and the power of vengeance. The drama is set during the 17th century Salem witch trials and written by Miller during the height of 1950s McCarthyism.
“The Crucible” marks Madebach’s debut with the St. Bart’s Players. Since moving to New York from Georgia in 2009, she has performed with several theater companies.
As a teenager, she had the desire to perform but in high school, sports won out. She was a member of the school track team. The trend continued while she was studying business at the University of Georgia. But while running cross country, she decided to start auditioning for acting roles and fell in love with theatre.
Her first taste of performing was with the Town & Gown Players, a theater company in Athens, Georgia near the University of Georgia.
After moving to New York in 2009, she studied in a two year studio program under Jim Brill of the Neighborhood Playhouse. Since then she has played in “Macbeth” with the Instant Shakespeare Company. She has also performed in the Empty Space Theater Festival. More traditional roles she has played include Helena in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and Yelena in “Uncle Vanya.”
The character of Abigail Williams drives the action in “The Crucible” and as one of American theater’s great villains.
The performance schedule is as follows: Thursday-Saturday at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 pm over two weekends Nov. 14-17 and Nov. 21-24. Tickets are $25.00 and $22.00 for seniors and students 18 and under.
For information and reservations call the St. Bart’s Players Box Office 212-378-0248, or visit www.stbartsplayers.org.