WAMU 88.5 : Lean & Hungry Theater

Filed Under:

Lean & Hungry Theater: "The Scarlet Letter"

Play associated audio

On Friday, February 28 at 8 pm, Lean & Hungry Theater presents its first non-Shakespearean audio play with the American classic, Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter. The novel so many dreaded in high school is given new life as we explore Hester Prynne's story through the eyes of Hawthorne himself as he questions Ruby, Hester's great-granddaughter, about the events which took place in Puritanical, Colonial Massachusetts. When the town discovers that Hester is pregnant, she is punished for her sinful affair with a scarlet letter 'A' emblazoned on her chest. Hester refuses to name the father, and her shame isolates her and her daughter, Pearl. The scarlet letter affects Hester's relationships with her community, with her impish daughter and with her guilt-ridden lover. When her fiendish husband turns up, and dedicates the next seven years to his calculated vengeance, Hester must choose to stay in her settlement and bear her torture, or flee Massachusetts with her lover and their child.

Directed by Renana Fox, original music composition by Roc Lee, and sound and live foley design by R. Mehdi Raoufi. The acting ensemble, playing multiple roles: Matt Bassett, Catherine Deadman, Michael Harris, Jennifer Hopkins, Sara Tisdale, John Stange.

Lean & Hungry Theater creates one-hour audio plays to make the reading-list classics entertaining and accessible to all.

This live broadcast will take place at Artisphere, and tickets are available here.

NPR

'Kids Love To Be Scared': Louis Sachar On Balancing Fun And Fear

The award-winning author of Holes has just published a new novel for young readers, called Fuzzy Mud. It mixes middle-school social puzzles with a more sinister mystery: a rogue biotech threat.
NPR

Confronting A Shortage Of Eggs, Bakers Get Creative With Replacements

Eggs are becoming more expensive and scarce recently because so many chickens have died from avian flu. So bakers, in particular, are looking for cheaper ingredients that can work just as well.
WAMU 88.5

How Artificial Intelligence And Robots Will Impact Jobs And How We Think About Work

Many experts say artificial intelligence and robots will displace jobs at a faster and faster pace over the coming decade. What changes in technology could mean for how we work.

WAMU 88.5

How Artificial Intelligence And Robots Will Impact Jobs And How We Think About Work

Many experts say artificial intelligence and robots will displace jobs at a faster and faster pace over the coming decade. What changes in technology could mean for how we work.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.