In seventeenth century Boston and a young Puritan woman, Hester, is being publically shamed for her role in the act of adultery. Unwilling to name the man who fathered her daughter, Hester is forced to wear a scarlet letter A on her dress and remain a humiliated outcast of society. When Hester's husband, who was previously assumed dead, comes to Boston to seek revenge for his wife's wrongdoing and reveal the identity of her lover, the entire colony is turned upside down. With her life on the line, Hester must find the strength within herself to overcome her culture's moral obligations and reveal the true beauty of the human spirit. In this adaptation by Carol Gilligan, Hester’s daughter, Pearl, is also reflecting on her memories of the experience.
Performances at The New Hazlett Theatre.