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The Red Letter Plays: F*cking A Poster

The Red Letter Plays: F*cking A

Closed October 1, 2017

Susan Lori Parks presents her two Red Letters plays together for the very first time!

Why See The Red Letter Plays: F*cking A?

A brand-new revival off-Broadway

First premiering in 2000 in Houston, Susan Lori Parks' eye-opening interpretation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letters is split into two works, with In The Blood preceding this by one year. The reviled and controversial character of Hester forms the focal points of these two plays; In "F*cking A", this version of Hester is a local abortionist, who women both turn to in need, whilst at the same time, condemning her as a criminal for her work.

A force to be reckoned with

Branded with the letter A (in the original novel, A stood for adultress), Hester is forced to navigate a legal system that stacks the odds against her, as she tries to free her imprisoned son. But the powers that be should take note; Hester will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

The second collaboration between Parks and Obie-winning director Jo Bonne, the pair previously worked on the three-part Father Comes Home From the Wars in 2014, which recently saw critical praise in London's West End. Parks is the first African-American female playwright to acheive the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, for her 2001 play Topdog/Underdog. To buy tickets for In the Blood, click her.

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Opening night: 22 August 2017


Suitable for ages 14+ due to mature themes and strong language

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J. Cameron Barnett
Brandon Victor Dixon
Ben Horner
Joaquina Kalukango
Marc Kudisch
Christine Lahti
Ruibo Qian
Elizabeth Stanley
Raphael Nash Thompson


Written by Susan Lori Parks
Directed by Jo Bonney

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