UNCG alumna Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut ’15 made her Broadway debut on Thursday, March 31, when Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” opened at the Walter Kerr Theater in New York City.

Chestnut plays Susanna Walcott, a friend of Abigail Williams, in the classic 1953 historical drama about the Salem witch trials.

New York Times Chief Theater Critic Ben Brantley gave the play a spectacular review that was featured on the cover of the New York Times’ weekend arts section. Below is an excerpt from the review:

“The director Ivo van Hove and a dazzling international cast — led by Ben Whishaw, Sophie Okonedo, Saoirse Ronan and Ciaran Hinds — have plumbed the raw terror in Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible,’ which opened on Thursday night at the Walter Kerr Theater. And an endlessly revived historical drama from 1953 suddenly feels like the freshest, scariest play in town.”

Chestnut was one of four cast members featured in the New York Times photo that accompanied the review. To read the full article, click here.