Playhouse on Park Presents Regional Premiere of The Scarlet Letter


Playhouse on Park is proud to present the Regional premiere of Stuart Vaughan's new adaptation of The Scarlet Letter. This is a vivid and moving interpretation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's renowned tale of adultery, guilt and revenge in colonial Massachusetts. The Scarlet Letter deals with the universal question of sexual repression and inner turmoil. Directed by Obie and Drama Desk Award winner Stuart Vaughan (Founder, New York Shakespeare Festival); this fresh new production brings to the stage a nobility and musicality reminiscent of Shakespeare.

The Scarlet Letter features the talents of three original cast members from the NYC Premiere production of The Scarlet Letter (New Globe Theatre): William Shust* (Broadway Credits include: Arturo Ui, The Owl and The Pussycat, and The Country Girl), Jana Mestecky* (New York theatre credits include: The Servant of Two Masters at Theatre Three, The Angel Project, Lincoln Center Festival, Fool for Love, Bleecker Street Theatre, When A Storm Comes, Epic Repertory Theatre Company, DR2), and Craig Rising* (New York theatre credits include: I Knock at the Door and Pictures in the Hallway (New Globe Theatre), LUCK! (Bank Street Theater), American Caesar (Theatre 3).

The production also includes several actors from the Greater Hartford Area, including: Ed Bernstein (West Hartford), Brad Brinkley (Manchester), Shirley Dephillips (West Hartford), Hollis Long (West Hartford), Rayah Martin (Hartford), Charles Merlis (West Hartford) , Kendra Underwood (Hartford) and Heidi Weinrich (Glastonbury).

The Scarlet Letter is scheduled to run from March 9th at 7:30pm (Preview performance, all tickets $15), March 10th at 7:30pm (Opening night, includes complimentary wine and cheese reception beginning at 6:30), March 11th & 12th at 8:00pm, March 13th at 2:00pm (includes talk back with the cast), March 17th at 7:30pm, March 18th & 19th at 8:00pm and March 20th at 2:00 pm. Tickets range from $22.50-$32.50. Students, seniors and Let's Go Arts members save $2.50. There will be a $10 student rush 15 minutes prior to each performance, cash only, valid student id required.

For more information, purchase tickets or for information about the "Lunch Time Special" reduced ticket offer, call our Box Office at (860) 523-5900 ext. 10, or visit our website

Playhouse on Park is located at 244 Park Road in West Hartford, CT. The Theatre has 163 seats surrounding a 3/4 thrust stage, offering audiences of all ages an intimate theatre experience. A year-round performance schedule is produced and/or presented by Playhouse Theatre Group, Inc. and includes: professional and community theatre; theatre for young audiences; new works and play readings; comedy and improvisation; cabarets and concerts; dance; educational opportunities led by resident and visiting artists; corporate events, special events and more! Playhouse on Park is the 2010 Recipient of The Hartford Advocate's Best of Hartford Readers Poll for Best Community Theatre Group; The Hartford Magazine's Best of Hartford's Readers Poll for Best Community Playhouse and the Noah Webster Award.

* Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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