01/22/2013 08:30 am ET

The Crucible's 60th Anniversary: Celebrating Arthur Miller's Award-Winning Play (PHOTOS)

Today is the 60th anniversary of Arthur Miller's seminal American play, "The Crucible," which opened on Broadway in 1953. The play is based on the Salem witch trials, but is, as Miller wrote in the New Yorker, "a reflection of the Communist witchhunts of its time."

"The Crucible" premiered at New York City's Martin Beck Theater, featuring Beatrice Straight as the formidable Elizabeth Proctor, Madeline Sherwood as Abigail Williams and Arthur Kennedy in the role of protagonist John Proctor. The work became famous not for its historical accuracy, but for its ability to address issues of morality and intolerance in the age of McCarthyism.

To honor anniversary of Miller's play, we have put together a slideshow of 10 things you didn't know about "The Crucible." Scroll through the slideshow below and let us know your thoughts on the American classic in the comments section.