DeSales Presents Theatre Tea Talk with Panel to Discuss Dynamics of Fear in Association with Production of The Crucible

by Roseann Damico Schatkowski | Jan 09, 2017

The Crucible

The Division of Performing Arts continues its annual Theatre Tea Talk, this year in conjunction with its upcoming production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.

Scheduled for Sunday, February 12, at 2:00 p.m. in the Commonwealth Room of the University Center on the DeSales campus, the tea talk titled “Witches, Communists, and Terrorists: Assessing Threat in Times of Crisis” is offered as an enrichment event before the opening of the production on Wednesday, February 22.

“We program the tea talk to illuminate the complex themes in an upcoming production,” says John Bell, head of the division of performing arts. “Our patrons enjoy the opportunity for advance exploration and this year’s theme, in conjunction with Miller’s play, seems particularly resonate.”

“Witches, Communists, and Terrorist” will use Miller’s play as the starting point for three DeSales faculty members to explore fear, threat and the judicial process. The panel, which will be moderated by DeSales alumnus Stephen M. Van Nattan, will feature a group of DeSales faculty members including American history specialist Sarah Nytroe, political scientist Andrew Essig and retired FBI agent Al Sproule.

Sarah K. Nytroe is an Associate Professor of History at DeSales University. Her research speciality is in the area of American religious history, particularly the social and cultural dimensions and implications of religious beliefs and practices.  Dr. Andrew M. Essig is a Professor of Political Science at DeSales University.  He teaches courses in political theory, which deal with the numerous forms of governing systems throughout human history. A DeSales University faculty member since 1995, Al Sproule is a retired Special Agent of the FBI with more than twenty years’ experience in organized crime, white collar crime, and illegal drug investigations. 

Moderator Stephen M. Van Natten '90 is a former Lehigh County Prosecutor. He spent seventeen years in the Lehigh County District Attorney's Office as the Chief of Prosecutions and Chief of the Violent Crimes Unit and is also a former Adjunct Professor of Criminal and Constitutional Law in the DeSales University Access program.

The cost for the event is $10 per person, which includes Puritan and popular New England desserts, coffee and tea as well as the presentation. Refreshments are available beginning at 1:30. The tea talk begins at 2:00 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Labuda Box Office at (610) 282.3192 or online at

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