The Red Letter Plays

These are two mature, beautifully crafted, inventive and poetic plays by one of the most unique voices writing for the stage today. Suzan Lori-Parks is also the author of The America Play and Other Works and Venus, both published by TCG.

The Red Letter Plays

The Red Letter Plays

"In the Blood is an extraordinary new play…It is truly harrowing…we cannot turn away, and we do not want to. The play strikes us as Hawthorne claimed his first glimpse of the scarlet letter struck him, with "a sensation not altogether physical yet almost so, as of a burning heat, as if the letter were not of red cloth but of red-hot iron.’"—Margo Jefferson, The New York Times The playwright who "has burst through every known convention to invent a new theatrical language, like a jive Samuel Beckett, while exploding American cultural myths and stereotypes along the way [John Heilpern, New York Observer and Vogue]," has written two haunting riffs on Hawthorne’s The Scarlett Letter: In the Blood and Fucking A. Hester La Negrita of In the Blood is an unapologetic mother of five illegitimate children—"my treasures, my five joys"—who practices writing the alphabet to help herself "one day get a leg up. The letter A is as far as she gets. Hester Smith of Fucking A works the only job available—abortionist to the lower class, in order to save for a reunion picnic with her imprisoned son. Her branded A bleeds afresh every time a patient comes to see her. These are two mature, beautifully crafted, inventive and poetic plays by one of the most unique voices writing for the stage today. Suzan Lori-Parks is also the author of The America Play and Other Works and Venus, both published by TCG. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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The Red Letter Plays
Language: en
Pages: 224
Authors: Suzan-Lori Parks
Categories: Drama
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-12-15 - Publisher: Theatre Communications Group

"In the Blood is an extraordinary new play…It is truly harrowing…we cannot turn away, and we do not want to. The play strikes us as Hawthorne claimed his first glimpse of the scarlet letter struck him, with "a sensation not altogether physical yet almost so, as of a burning heat,
The Red Letter Plays: in the Blood and Fucking A
Language: en
Pages: 256
Authors: Suzan-Lori Parks
Categories: Drama
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-04-23 - Publisher:

Two haunting riffs on Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel The Scarlet Letter, from a leading American playwright. Hester La Negrita of In the Blood is an unapologetic mother of five illegitimate children, whose daily struggle among many is to master writing the alphabet, to help herself 'one day get a leg up'.
Suzan-Lori Parks
Language: en
Pages: 176
Authors: Deborah R. Geis
Categories: Performing Arts
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008 - Publisher: University of Michigan Press

Suzan Lori-Parks is one of America's most distinctive playwrights. Part of the Michigan Major Dramatists series, this book offers a guide to Parks' dramatic works. It traces the evolution of Parks' art from her earliest experimental pieces to the hugely popular Topdog/Underdog to her wide-ranging forays into fiction, music, and
New Plays for Red Letter Days
Language: en
Pages: 312
Authors: Elizabeth Hough Sechrist, Janette Woolsey
Categories: Performing Arts
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-05-01 - Publisher:

Books about New Plays for Red Letter Days
In the Blood
Language: en
Pages: 73
Authors: Suzan-Lori Parks
Categories: Drama
Type: BOOK - Published: 2000 - Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc

THE STORY: In this modern day riff on The Scarlet Letter , Hester La Negrita, a homeless mother of five, lives with her kids on the tough streets of the inner city. Her eldest child is teaching her how to read and write, but the letter A is

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