The Scarlet Letter and Marvin's Room

 

The Scarlet Letter by Phyllis Nagy

Directed by Karen Allen

Performing April 21-24

Ages 12 and up

 

Phyllis Nagy’s adaptation of Nathanial Hawthorne’s classic novel about Puritan New England uses modern language to tell the story of Hester Prynne, her daughter, Pearl, and the community that shunned them. A powerful story about love, courage, revenge, and redemption.

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Marvin’s Room by Scott McPherson

Directed by Karen Allen

Performing April 21-24

Ages 12 and up

 Bessie lives in Florida where she cares for her pain-ridden aunt and ailing father, Marvin, who is confined to his bed and unable to speak. When Bessie is diagnosed with leukemia, her only hope is to contact her long-estranged sister, Lee, to see if their bone marrow is compatible for a transplant. Lee reluctantly makes the trip from Ohio, bringing along her two sons, one of whom, Hank, has just been released from an institution after a wave of arson.

 Despite the dark-sounding subject matter, it’s an uplifting play about love and connection.