Named The Wall Street Journal’s 2017 Playwright of the Year, Kate Hamill is celebrated for her female-centered classics—and SCR has her latest world premiere! Get ready for Nathaniel Hawthorne’s acclaimed masterwork in a most riveting staging. Two years after her husband goes missing, intelligent, strong-willed Hester Prynne has a child and gets branded an adulteress. Further defying Puritan ideals, she refuses to reveal the father’s identity and is condemned to wear a scarlet A to mark her shame. Then her estranged husband shows up—bent on revenge.
Previews: March 28 – April 2, 2020
First Night: April 3, 2020
Regular Performances: April 4-25, 2020
Recommendation: Age 14 and above.
Kate Hamill is an actor/playwright named by the Wall Street Journal as its 2017 Playwright of the Year. Her work includes her play Sense and Sensibility, in which she originated the role of Marianne (Off-Broadway Alliance Award, 2016; nominee, Drama League Award for Best Revival). Her other plays include Vanity Fair (originated the role of Becky Sharp, Pearl Theatre; Off-Broadway Alliance Award, 2017); Pride and Prejudice (Primary Stages and Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, in which she originated the role of Lizzy Bennett; Wall Street Journal Critic’s Pick; Huffington Post Best Theatre of 2017). Her additional acting credits include The Seagull (Bedlam Ensemble Theatre); Cyrano (Amphibian Stage); Dreams of A… Marsupial Girl and Three Mutants (PearlDAmour Collaborative); The General from America (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival); Separation Rapid (Chenango River Theatre); Good Person of Szechwan and The Nameday Party (Schapiro Theatre), and numerous independent films. Her plays have been produced off-Broadway, at A.R.T., the Guthrie Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, PlayMakers Repertory Company and Folger Theatre. She has upcoming productions at Shakespeare Theatre Company (Washington, D.C.), Trinity Repertory Company, Portland Center Stage, Syracuse Stage, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Dorset Theatre Festival and more. Her upcoming new plays include Little Women (Primary Stages) and Mansfield Park (Northlight Theatre). Hamill was one of the top 20 most-produced playwrights in the country this season. Among her plays currently running are productions at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities.