Signature Theatre Offering Free ’Backstage Pass’ to The Red Letter Plays

Off-Broadway News   Signature Theatre Offering Free ’Backstage Pass’ to The Red Letter Plays
The Off-Broadway theatre will host a series of events in connection with the double bill of Suzan-Lori Parks plays.
Elizabeth Stanley and Brandon Victor Dixon Joan Marcus

Off-Broadway’s Signature Theatre has announced a series of free events in connection with its production of The Red Letter Plays, two plays by Suzan-Lori Parks that are inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic novel The Scarlet Letter.

The special events include a “backstage pass” set tour and panel discussion with the scenic designers; live musical performances; and “Page to Stage” discussions with Parks and the directors.

Suzan-Lori Parks Dan Walters

The two plays, both now in previews, are Fucking A, directed by Jo Bonney, which began performances August 22 in The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre; and In the Blood, directed by Sarah Benson, which began previews August 29 in The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre.

The Signature Spotlight Series will begin September 6 with a “backstage pass” prior to performances. From 6 PM, attendees will have the chance to explore the sets of both Fucking A and In the Blood, and chat with scenic designers Rachel Hauck and Louisa Thompson.

Parks and Fucking A director Bonney will participate in a free Page to Stage discussion September 20 at 6:30 PM. The playwright will also join In the Blood director Benson in a free “Page to Stage” discussion September 27 at 6 PM. The latter will be followed by a play signing with Parks in the Signature Bookstore.

The Signature Spotlight Series will also host a free discussion group where audience members can discuss the connections between the two plays, to be led by a member of Signature’s artistic staff at a yet-to-be-announced date.

As part of its series of free special events, theatregoers can catch Suzan-Lori Parks & The Band, who will be performing September 9, September 23, September 30, and October 7 at the Signature Café and Bar. Performances will be at 4:15 PM and 6:30 PM.

The band features writer-musician Parks, guitarist-multi-instrumentalist Christian Konopka, and percussionist-actor Julian Rozzell.

In both of her plays, now playing at the Signature Theatre, Pulitzer Prize winner Parks re-imagines 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.

Flip through photos of Fucking A, opening September 11:


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