The Scarlet Letter
adapted by Kate Hamill
directed by Shana Cooper
Monday, February 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: PONCHO at Seattle Rep
When Hester Prynne conceives a daughter years after her husband has mysteriously disappeared, she is sentenced by her pious community to wear a brand for the rest of her life. As she struggles to raise her rambunctious daughter on the outskirts of town, their safety is threatened by a society looking for a scape-goat in this adaptation of the Nathaniel Hawthorne masterwork.
Kate Hamill is an actor/playwright. Wall Street Journal’s Playwright of the Year, 2017. Her work includes her play Sense & Sensibility (in which she originated the role of Marianne)—Winner, Off-Broadway Alliance Award; Nominee, Drama League Award; 265+ performances off-Broadway. Other plays include Vanity Fair at the Pearl Theatre (in which she originated the role of Becky Sharp; Nominee, Off-Broadway Alliance Award), Pride & Prejudice at Primary Stages & HVSF (originated role of Lizzy; Nominee, Off-Broadway Alliance Award); Little Women at Jungle Theater and Primary Stages; Mansfield Park at Northlight (originated role of Mary Crawford). Her plays have been produced Off-Broadway, at A.R.T., OSF, Guthrie, Seattle Rep, Dallas Theater Center, PlayMaker’s, Folger Theatre, Arvada Center, Trinity Rep, Pittsburgh Public, Dorset Theatre Festival and others; upcoming at Shakespeare Theatre of DC, A.C.T., Dallas Theater Center, Portland Center Stage, Kansas City Rep, & more. Next up : Little Women at Primary Stages. She is currently developing new adaptations of The Odyssey, The Scarlet Letter, and a revamped version of a Christmas Carol, as well as several original plays (Prostitute Play, In the Mines, The Piper). Kate was one of the top 10 most-produced playwrights in 2017-2018, and one of the top 5 most-produced playwrights nationwide in 2018-2019.
Shana Cooper is an assistant professor at Northwestern University (Directing M.F.A. Program) and a Woolly Mammoth company member (Washington D.C.). Upcoming: Julius Caesar at Theatre For A New Audience and Paula Vogel’s Indecent at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Other directing credits: A.C.T., Yale Rep, Studio Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Rep, Cal Shakes, and Playmakers Rep. Artistic Leadership: Associate Artistic Director of Cal Shakes (2000-2004), Cofounder of New Theater House (2008-present). Awards: 2014 Leadership U Grant – Funded by The Melon Foundation and Administered by TCG, 2010 Princess Grace Award, Julian Milton Kaufman Memorial Prize in Directing (Yale School of Drama), Drama League Directing Fellowship.
MFA, Yale School of Drama.
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