Bay Street Theater has announced casting for its Literature Live! production of The Scarlet Letter, based on the classic novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Adapted for the stage by Scott Eck and Joe Minutillo, the show is scheduled for November 10-12, November 17-19, and November 25-26 at 7 PM. Matinee performances will be offered November 12, 19, and 26 at 2 PM.
Set in the 1600s in a Puritan village, The Scarlet Letter, according to production notes, is “an account of the life of Hester Prynne, a married woman who becomes a social outcast when, after an adulterous affair, she conceives a daughter during her husband's long absence. She is required to wear the letter ’A’ for adultery on the breast of her gown. Refusing to name the father, Hester is forced to live a life set apart from nearly everyone she knows. Thanks to the intervention of the Rev. Arthur Dimmesdale, Hester and her daughter Pearl are permitted to stay together. When Hester's missing husband, posing as a doctor, secretly returns as Roger Chillingworth, the stage is set for a story of sin, tragedy, and redemption. This show explores themes of legalism, sin, and guilt.”
The cast comprises Preston Truman Boyd as Beadle/Man 3; Kathleen Mary Carthy as Mistress Hibbins/Woman 3; Chloe Dirksen as Hester Prynne; Carolann DiPirro as Goodwife Doolittle/Woman 2; Luke David Young as Blacksmith/ Reverend Wilson/Man 1; Nick Gregory as Roger Chillingworth; Daren Kelly as Governor Bellingham/Man 2; Jessica Mortellaro as Goodwife Robson/ Woman 1; Dakota Quakenbush as Pearl/Young Child; and Michael Raver as Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale.
East End resident Felix Bird has composed original music for the limited engagement. The production team also includes Gary Hygom (set designer), Mike Billings (lighting designer), Kate D'Arcy (costume designer), John Sullivan (production stage manager), and Michelle Tewksbury (assistant stage manager).
Plays for Literature Live! are chosen from standards-based literature and are supported with teacher-developed lesson plans and reference materials. All performances are 90 minutes, and weekday shows are followed by a question-and-answer session.
Tickets are available online at baystreet.org or by calling the box office at (631) 725-9500.
Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is a year-round, not-for-profit professional theatre and community cultural center which endeavors to “innovate, educate, and entertain a diverse community through the practice of the performing arts.”