Wall Street Journal has published a new feature with Saoirse, in advance of the Oscars this Sunday and “The Crucible” previews next week. Read it below:
There’s a lot of giggling onstage at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Five young “witches” in pleated skirts and knee-high socks are stumbling across the set, practicing precise contortions for their big possession scene. Between runs, the lead witch leans her head cheerfully on another’s shoulder. “I’m so tired,” she says.
Saoirse Ronan, up for the best actress Oscar for her role in “Brooklyn,” is working toward her Broadway debut, in a new production of “The Crucible.” The Bronx-born, Irish-raised film star will play Abigail Williams, the slightly sympathetic villain in Arthur Miller’s Salem witch-hunt drama, opening March 31 with previews starting March 1.
The timing could be better. While in rehearsals, Ms. Ronan has spent weekends jetting around to awards events. On the first Friday of rehearsals she flew from New York to Los Angeles, attended the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday, took a red-eye back for a Sunday photo shoot and returned to rehearsals Monday. Aside from the SAG Awards, she was also nominated for a Golden Globe, British Academy Film Award and Critics’ Choice Award (losing to Brie Larson at each), and has won a number of smaller awards.