The Crucible Character Breakdown

The Crucible Roles Available

Reverend Samuel Parris

Parris instigates the witchcraft panic when he finds his daughter and niece dancing in the woods with several other girls. Parris is continually beset with fears that others conspire against him. Knows the truth that Abigail is lying about the the witchcraft, but perpetuates the deception because it is in his own self -interest. Male 30 to 45 years old.

Mary Warren

Servant in the Proctor household, Mary is one of the girls found dancing in the woods and is complicit in Abigail Williams’ schemes. Although weak and tentative, she challenges the Proctors when they forbid her to go to court. Eventually breaks down and testifies against Abigail until Abigail charges her with witchery.  A pliable girl whose actions are easily determined by others. Female 15 to 18 years old.

Thomas Putnam

One of the wealthiest landowners in Salem, holds longstanding grudges against many other citizens. Prepared to back accusations – particularly if they can work in his favour. Male 30 to 55 years old.

Betty Parris

Young teenager daughter of Reverend Parris, goes into hysterics when the charges of witchcraft first form, holding delusions that she can fly and exclaiming with horror when she hears the name of Jesus. Female 14 to 18 years old.

Mercy Lewis

The Putnam’s servant – eighteen year – old girl whom Parris found naked when he spied the girls dancing in the woods. Only too happy to throw others under the proverbial bus to save her own skin. She runs away with Abigail at the end of the play. Female 18 to 24 years old.

Susanna Walcott

Susanna is one of the girls whom Parris found dancing in the woods, and a confidant of Abigail. 15 to 18 years old.