Heather Pattengale, Christopher Hunt Photo by Trudie Lee

February 26 - March 23, 2019

The Scarlet Letter

By Phyllis Nagy
Adapted from the novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne

It is 1642 and Hester Prynne has been branded an adulterer by her Puritan village and forced to wear the titular scarlet letter as repentance. However, in this modern adaptation, Hester is unashamed of her actions and proudly subverts society’s rigid standards put upon women to be virtuous and good. Today, as we continue to grapple with these expectations, Hester’s story resonates all the more.

This adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic novel is a breathtaking piece of playwriting. I love Academy Award nominee Phyllis Nagy’s interpretation of this universal tale of Hester Prynne and her red letter “A.” As female morality is sadly still questioned in certain parts of the world, I find this play to be strikingly relevant.
- Stafford Arima

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Exhilarating and daringly original.
New York Law Journal
Very intense. So well done!...Performances were amazing...Wonderful, risky, artistic work
Audience Responses

Cast & Creative Team
For The Scarlet Letter

  • Paul Cowling
    Master Brackett
  • Charlie Gallant
    Arthur Dimmesdale
  • Bobbi Goddard
    Mistress Hibbins
  • Christopher Hunt
    Roger Chillingworth
  • Declan O'Reilly
    Governor Bellingham
  • Kristen Padayas
  • Heather Pattengale
    Hester Prynne
  • Micheline Chevrier
  • Judith Bowden
    Set & Costume Design
  • Harry Frehner
    Lighting Design
  • Allison Lynch
  • Cristina Cugliandro
    Assistant Director
  • Jane MacFarlane
    Vocal Coach
  • Karl H. Sine
    Fight Director
  • Emma Brager
    Stage Manager
  • More Cast & Crew