The Red Letter Plays: Fucking A

Running August 22 to October 1, 2017 with a Monday, September 11 opening night in The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre

Contacts: Heath Schwartz | Imani Punch

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Written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks,  The Red Letter Plays: Fucking A and In the Blood are new productions of two modern-day remixes of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic novel The Scarlet Letter that conjure two distinct interpretations of Hester, Western literature’s most famous adulteress. 

In Fucking A, Hester Smith, the revered and reviled local abortionist, hatches a plan to buy her jailed son’s freedom—and nothing will deter Hester from her quest. In this wild-eyed blend of story and song, directed by Obie Award-winner Jo Bonney (Father Comes Home From the Wars), Hester’s branded letter A becomes a provocative emblem of vengeance, violence, and sacrifice. 

The cast includes J. Cameron Barnett (The Emperor Jones), Tony Award-nominee Brandon Victor Dixon (Hamilton), Ben Horner (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), Theatre World Award-winner Joaquina Kalukango (The Color Purple), Tony Award-nominee Marc Kudisch (Signature’s The Wayside Motor Inn), Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winner Christine Lahti (“Chicago Hope”), Ruibo Qian (Bull in a China Shop), Drama Desk Award-nominee Elizabeth Stanley (On the Town), Raphael Nash Thompson (Pericles).