TRINIDAD COMMUNITY THEATRE
The Scarlet Letter
by Phyllis Nagy
Adapted from the novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne
April 19th - 28th
Nathaniel Hawthorne's timeless classic takes on a powerful new adaptation as a part of the SCRT Classic Literature Series.
Set in 17th century Boston, a Puritan settlement at the time, young Hester Prynne is led from the town prison with her infant daughter, Pearl, in her arms and the scarlet letter “A” on her breast. Rumors in the crowd mutter that Hester is being punished for adultery.
Hester’s husband, a scholar much older than she is, sent her ahead to America, but he never arrived in Boston (assumed to be lost at sea). While waiting for her husband, Hester has apparently had an affair, having given birth to a child. She will not reveal her lover’s identity, bearing the scarlet letter and her public shaming as her punishment for her sin and her secrecy.
This masterpiece examines the timeless truth that compassion and understanding, are more powerful and enduring, than vengeance and cruelty.