The Crucible opens Friday at Pleasant Plains Church in Staatsburg

Hyde Park’s New Deal Creative Arts Center presents a new production of Arthur Miller’s ever-relevant historical drama The Crucible from November 8 through 16. In keeping with New Deal’s reputation, this production’s performance space is almost as noteworthy as the play itself: Executive director Teresa Gasparini and director Thom Webb have chosen the Pleasant Plains Presbyterian Church, located in Staatsburg, to set the scene and help tell the story. The old clapboard church is not unlike the clapboard meeting house in which much of the tragic history of the Salem Witch Trials actually unfolded. Under the direction of Thom Webb, the cast of more than 20 Hudson Valley actors is led by Joe Eriole, Steavie Reed, Michael Frohnhoefer and Alexandra Petrova. Performances take place on November 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, November 10 at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

The Crucible, Friday-Sunday, Nov. 8-16, 7:30 p.m./2 p.m., $25/$20, Pleasant Plains Church, 2 Fiddlers Bridge Rd., Staatsburg,