The Aux Dog Theatre Nob Hill is excited to open its 2018/19 Season with the classic drama, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s THE SCARLET LETTER adapted by acclaimed contemporary playwright, Phyllis Nagy. Widely regarded as America’s first great novel, this compelling story of Hester Prynne and her defiance of local custom is even more resonant in today’s reality of the “Me, Too” and “Times Up” movements.
This seven-character story transports the audience back to the earliest days of Puritan Boston. Crimes such as adultery were punished by measures which included: public shaming to whipping to death. Most punishments were leveled against the women involved in the “crime". Our heroine, Hester Prynne chooses to wear her punishment, a scarlet “A” proudly upon her chest at all times and also refuses to divulge the name of her illegitimate child’s father. The story is complicated by the arrival of Hester’s husband, presumed dead. The events are seen through the eyes of young Pearl, Hester's illegitimate daughter who is described as “a wild child.” This modern adaptation challenges our perception of female morality and the punishments society still devises to control it.