A Reading of Kate Hamill's The Scarlet Letter
Based on the novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Directed by Shelley Butler
Two years after her husband goes missing, intelligent, strong-willed Hester Prynne has a child and gets branded an adulteress. Further defying Puritan ideals, she refuses to reveal the father’s identity and is condemned to wear a scarlet A to mark her shame. Then her estranged husband shows up—bent on revenge. This brand-new adaptation of the classic novel takes a modern approach to the secret life of a puritanical society – and reveals that the story of Hester Prynne is not so far removed from our modern world.
About the Actors
Drama-Desk award winner Kim Blanck stars as the first and most important female protagonist in American literature. Kim is best known for originating roles in Dave Malloy’s hit musical “Octet” and Duncan Sheik & Steven Sater’s “Alice by Heart.” Onscreen, Kim can be seen opposite Elizabeth Banks in “Call Jane,” which premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, and on television in “Dr. Death” (Peacock) and “WeCrashed” (Apple TV+). Paired with local favorite Thomas Azar (Angels in America, Glass Menagerie, Appropriate at the Warehouse Theatre) as Chillingworth, this coupling of Greenville and Broadway is sure to make sparks fly.