The Red Letter Plays - In the Blood & Fucking A

The Red Letter Plays - In the Blood & Fucking A $17.99

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Suzan-Lori Parks

Published by Theatre Communications

Large Mixed Cast
In the Blood and Fucking A are two haunting riffs on Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

Hester La Negrita of In the Blood is an unapologetic mother of five illegitimate children - "my treasures, my five joys" - who practices writing the alphabet to help herself to "one day get a leg up"

But the letter A is as far as she gets

Hester Smith of Fucking A works the only job available - abortionist to the lower class, in order to save for a reunion picnic with her imprisoned son

Her branded A bleeds afresh every time a patient comes to see her

These are two mature, beautifully crafted, inventive and poetic plays by one of the most unique voices writing for the stage today


"The playwright who has burst through every known convention to invent a new theatrical language, like a jive Samuel Beckett, while exploding American cultural myths and stereotypes along the way" ~ John Heilpern, New York Observer and Vogue

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