The Scarlet Letter
Presented by Lean & Hungry Theater
FRI FEB 28 / 8PM
Lean & Hungry presents its first non-Shakespearean audio play with the American classic, Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter.
The novel so many dreaded in high school is
given new life as we explore Hester Prynne's story through the eyes of
Hawthorne himself as he questions Ruby, Hester's great-granddaughter,
about the events which took place in Puritanical,
Colonial Massachusetts. When the town discovers that Hester is pregnant,
she is punished for her sinful affair with a scarlet letter 'A'
emblazoned on her chest. Hester refuses to name the father, and
her shame isolates her and her daughter, Pearl. The scarlet letter
affects Hester's relationships with her community, with her impish
daughter and with her guilt-ridden lover. When her fiendish husband
turns up, and dedicates the next seven years to his calculated
vengeance, Hester must choose to stay in her settlement and bear her
torture, or flee Massachusetts with her lover and their
performance will be broadcast live on WAMU 88-5, Washington's
most-listened-to radio station. Directed by Renana Fox, original music
composition by Roc Lee, and sound and live foley
design by R. Mehdi Raoufi. The acting ensemble, playing multiple roles:
Matt Bassett, Catherine Deadman, Michael Harris, Jennifer Hopkins, Sara
Tisdale, John Stange.
Lean & Hungry Theater creates one-hour audio plays to make the reading-list classics entertaining and accessible to all. Lean & Hungry is endorsed by the National Federation of the Blind. This production is supported by Secure Exchange Solutions and Bethesda