About the Author: Kimberly Belflower

Kimberly Belflower is a playwright, educator and theater artist known for her unique and engaging work in the realm of contemporary drama. Originally from a small town in Appalachian Georgia, Belflower has garnered attention for her thought-provoking narratives and skillful exploration of complex themes. She proudly holds an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin and teaches playwriting at Emory University in Atlanta.

Belflower discovered her passion for theater at a young age – she was drawn to the stage by its power to evoke emotion and spark conversation. Earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Playwriting from the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts at New York University (NYU), she honed her craft under the guidance of seasoned playwrights and theater professionals. Following her formal education, Belflower embarked on a journey to establish herself in the theater industry. She began writing and producing her own original works, often drawing inspiration from her personal experiences and observations of the world around her.

Her plays include Lost Girl, Rebel People, and Saint Pigtail all of which delve into the intricacies of human relationships, societal norms, and personal struggles. They often challenge conventional perspectives and invite audiences to confront uncomfortable truths. Among her notable works, John Proctor is the Villain offers a modern reinterpretation of Arthur Miller’s classic play The Crucible. In this compelling piece, Belflower reexamines the events of the Salem witch trials through a contemporary lens, shedding new light on the characters and their motivations. The play explores the complexities of power, manipulation, and moral ambiguity. Through her nuanced portrayal of the characters, she prompts viewers to question their own perceptions of right and wrong, ultimately leaving them with a deeper understanding of human nature.

The most interesting drama is about moments of change, moments of upheaval. In your teenage years, that’s like every day. It’s a really great time to examine a lot of bigger questions, and to put that power in the mouths of [teenage girls], people who have been marginalized in a way but who are asking those questions in real life.

Belflower’s work continues to captivate audiences and critics alike, earning her recognition as a talented and innovative voice in contemporary theater. With her insightful storytelling and bold artistic vision, she continues to push the boundaries of the theatrical landscape, inspiring audiences to think critically about the world around them.

The Arts at CCBC presents John Proctor is the Villain as part of its 23-24 season under the theme What’s So Funny?  The season is filled with performances that explore and celebrate the shared experiences that make people laugh.

See John Proctor is the Villain March 14 – 18 at CCBC Catonsville, Center for the Arts, Theatre.
Performance Dates:  March 14 at 11:10 a.m., March 15, 16 at 7 p.m., March 17 at 3 p.m. (ASL Interpreted), and March 18 at 10 a.m.
General admission $10, Seniors, Students, CCBC Faculty/Staff/Alumni $5, FREE for CCBC Students with current ID
Purchase tickets online at www.ccbctickets or call the Box Office at 443-840-ARTS.

CONTENT WARNING: This play contains racist/sexist micro aggressions, depictions of grooming and abusive relationship dynamics, discussion of sexual assault and exploitation. The depictions in this production are in no way a reflection of the actors telling the story.

John Proctor is the Villian is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC, servicing the Dramatists Play Service collection. (ww.dramatists.com). 

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