Performances began November 8 in the Connelly Theater for Bedlam's production of The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Inspired by the Salem witch trials that took place in the Massachusetts Bay Colony during the early 1690s, Miller wrote The Crucible in 1953 as a comment on McCarthyism, a moment in U.S. history when the government persecuted people accused of being communists. The cast includes Fort Wayne, Indiana native Zuzanna Szadkowski, who was the 1997 Donna Reed Foundation National Scholar in Acting. She is known for her role as Dorota Kishlovsky on the CW teen drama series Gossip Girl. Szadkowski also appeared on The Sopranos, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Guiding Light.