Fucking A

 

by Suzan-Lori Parks

Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre

UC San Diego, 2005

 

A charged retelling of The Scarlet Letter turns Hawthorne's classic story on its head and reexamines the notion of moral codes in society. Riffing on the themes of freedom, justice, pverty, race and gender, the result is a jazz fugue of language, movement and fascinating characters that is guaranteed to stir the blood. 

 

Directorial Vision: "Both Hawthorne's and Parks's Hesters try to make the most out of their brands. Hawthorne's Hester tries to embellish hers with "elaborate embroidery and fantastic flourishes of gold thread." Parks's Hester tries to transform hers into her son's freedom. Both brands become symbols of dignity: both women are proud. Like Hawthorne, Parks asks us to take another look at our moral universe. She has and her response is, 'Fucking a!' How far have we come from that first American tragedy in the novel?"

 

 

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