Friday, March 14, 2014

TGIF: Jonathan Frid in THE CRUCIBLE, 1955

During the summer of 1955, John Frid appeared in a production of Arthur Miller’s THE CRUCIBLE at the Williamstown Summer Festival. Since then, some of those names were changed. The event is known today as the Williamstown Theatre Festival, while John Herbert Frid later adopted the stage name of "Jonathan Frid." The event's first season was performed at the Adams Memorial Theatre at Williams College that year, and reportedly played nightly to packed houses.

Frid portrayed John Proctor in the Arthur Miller play, which was directed by festival co-founder Nikos Psacharopoulos. The Williamstown Theatre Festival's website has a number of archival images in their online archives, most of which show Frid in character.

THE CRUCIBLE struck a nerve with the community before the curtains even rose on the first show. "Although 'The Crucible' is the 'heaviest' play the Williamstown group will present this season, it has received a greater advance sale of tickets than any of the other planned productions," reported The North Adams that year.


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