"I grew up listening to stories of his in theatre world, in New York, and the friends that he had," Saoirse Ronan remembered.
Two-time Oscar nominee, Saoirse Ronan, is following in her father's footsteps, taking the stage for the first time.
“I think it’s been the biggest undertaking for me as an actor to not only just do a play but take on a character like that because she’s so complicated,” Ronan said.
That character is Abigail Williams, the cunning leading lady in the Tony Award-winning play The Crucible.
“I find her quite fascinating, I think she’s very intelligent and focused and kind of abandoned,” Ronan described.
Ronan is coming off her critically-acclaimed role in the movie 'Brooklyn' and she chose this show for its timeless themes.
“Whenever there’s been a sense of fear, that’s pushed people to do things that they wouldn’t usually do, that’s something we’ve all experienced," she said.
It tells the frightening story behind the Salem Witch Trials and features a slew of talent.
“You can either be a saint or a devil, there’s very little in between,” Ben Whishaw said.
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“A really contradictory, flawed man but with a sort of rich humanity in him,” he described. “It will always be relevant, because [Arthur Miller] tapped into something that’s eternal.”
"When I read it before I think it was so attached to the history for me, of McCarthyism because that was the context we studied it in school," Tavi Gevinson said. "But, the way Ivo [Ivo van Hove] has set it, it’s not in any specific time or place.”
Tavi Gevinson, a fashion editor and activist, returns to Broadway after a successful debut two years ago in the play, This is Our Youth. And helping her settling into the part was Winona Ryder, who starred in the 1996 film.
“She had so many great stories about Miller and just hearing the way she went ‘oh Mary Warren’, she just had so much sympathy for her," Gevinson remembered. "It was very special experience.”
As for Ronan, while she grew up in Ireland, she's having a blast exploring the city she was born in.
“I really like just walking around, just sort of wandering," she smiled. "I would never do that anywhere else just because I have no sense of direction!”
The Crucible is currently playing at the Walter Kerr Theatre through July 17, 2016.