Signature Theatre kicks off its second production of Suzan-Lori Parks’ Red Letter Plays, two plays which reimagine Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic novel The Scarlet Letter. The second work, In the Blood, begins previews August 29 following the launch of Fucking A, which began performances August 22 at the Off-Broadway theatre.
In the Blood, directed by Sarah Benson, will officially open September 17 and run through October 8 in The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre.
In both plays, Pulitzer Prize winner Parks reimagines the character of Hester from The Scarlet Letter. In Fucking A, revered and reviled local abortionist Hester Smith formulates a plan to free her jailed son. In the Blood introduces us to Hester La Negrita, a penniless mother of five condemned by the men who love her.
The cast is made up of Lortel Award nominee Jocelyn Bioh (Everybody), Michael Braun (Everybody), Obie Award winner Russell G. Jones (Father Comes Home From the Wars), Ana Reeder (When It’s You), Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk Award winner Saycon Sengbloh (Eclipsed), and Tony Award winner Frank Wood (Angels in America).
The creative team for In the Blood is made up of Louisa Thompson (scenic design), Montana Blanco (costume design), Yi Zhao (lighting design), Matt Tierney (sound design), and J. David Brimmer (fight direction). Terri K. Kohler is the production stage manager. Casting is by Caparelliotis Casting.
To purchase tickets call Ticket Services at (212) 244-7529 or visit SignatureTheatre.org.
Flip through photos of Fucking A, now playing in The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre with direction by Jo Bonney: