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The Red Letter Plays: F**king A Opening Night and You Are There

The Red Letter Plays: F**king A Opening Night and You Are There
Christine Lahti, Suzan-Lori Parks

Christine Lahti and Suzan-Lori Parks

Pulitzer Prize-winning Suzan-Lori Parks’ the first  of The Red Letter Plays: F**king A opened last night at Signature Theatre (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). Her second play of the series & In the Blood opens September 17th.  This is the first time these acclaimed plays will be presented together; they will run simultaneously at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). These two plays mark the final productions of Parks’ Signature Residency One.

Danielle Brooks, Joaquina Kalukango

Danielle Brooks and Joaquina Kalukango

In these modern remixes of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic novel The Scarlet Letter, Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks conjures two distinct interpretations of Hester, Western literature’s most famous adulteress.

Zainab Jah, Stephen Byrd, Saycon Sengbloh

Zainab Jah, Stephen Byrd and Saycon Sengbloh

Zainab Jah, Stephen Byrd, Saycon Sengbloh

Zainab Jah, Stephen Byrd and Saycon Sengbloh

In Fucking A, Hester Smith, the revered and reviled local abortionist, hatches a plan to buy her jailed son’s freedom-and nothing will deter Hester from her quest. In this wild-eyed blend of story and song, Hester’s branded letter A becomes a provocative emblem of vengeance, violence, and sacrifice. In the Blood’s Hester La Negrita is a penniless mother of five condemned by the men who love her. Hester turns to former lovers, friends, and the institutions meant to support her, only to be spurned by them all with devastating consequences. These two plays form a haunting and powerful indictment of the way we live now.

Raphael Nash Thompson

Raphael Nash Thompson

The cast for Fucking A includes J. CameRon Barnett (The Emperor Jones), Tony Award-nominee Brandon Victor Dixon(Hamilton), Ben Horner (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), Theatre World Award-winner Joaquina Kalukango (The Color Purple), Tony Award-nominee Marc Kudisch (Signature’s The Wayside Motor Inn), Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winner Christine Lahti (“Chicago Hope”), Ruibo Qian (Bull in a China Shop), Drama Desk Award-nominee Elizabeth Stanley (On the Town), Raphael Nash Thompson (Pericles). The creative team includes Rachel Hauck (Scenic Design), Emilio Sosa (Costume Design), Jeff Croiter (Lighting Design), Darron L West (Sound Design), Todd Almond (Music Direction). Evangeline Rose Whitlock is the Production Stage Manager. Casting by Caparelliotis Casting.

Christine Lahti

Christine Lahti

Marc Kudisch

Marc Kudisch

Elizabeth Stanley

Elizabeth Stanley

Paige Evans, Suzan-Lori Parks

Paige Evans and Suzan-Lori Parks

Jo Bonney (Director), Paige Evans, Suzan-Lori Parks

Jo Bonney (Director), Paige Evans and Suzan-Lori Parks

J. CameRon Barnett

J. CameRon Barnett

Ruibo Qian

Ruibo Qian

Andrew Rannells, Cameron Adams

Andrew Rannells and Cameron Adams

Kate Wetherhead, Jeff Croiter

Kate Wetherhead and Jeff Croiter (Lighting Design)

Lana Gordon

Lana Gordon

Joaquina Kalukango

Joaquina Kalukango

Ben Horner

Ben Horner

Ben Horner, J. CameRon Barnett, Ruibo Qian, Marc Kudisch, Brandon Victor Dixon, Jo Bonney, Christine Lahti, Suzan-Lori Parks, Elizabeth Stanley, Joaquina Kalukango,Raphael Nash Thompson

Ben Horner, J. CameRon Barnett, Ruibo Qian, Marc Kudisch, Brandon Victor Dixon, Jo Bonney, Christine Lahti, Suzan-Lori Parks, Elizabeth Stanley, Joaquina Kalukango and Raphael Nash Thompson

 

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