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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.

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