In The Blood

Written by Suzan-Lori Parks
March 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8, Harlen Adams Theatre

Directed by William J. Johnson
Scenic Design: Daniel Schindler
Sound Design: Katie Whitlock
Lighting Design: Tom Ontiveros
Costume Design: Ruth Palmerlee

Hester, La Negrita, lives with her five kids under a bridge. Fathered by five different men, they are the joy of Hester’s life and she does whatever is necessary to hold them together as a family and “get a leg up.” Five adult actors double as Hester’s children and the people who try – or claim – to help her: her social worker, her doctor, her best friend, her minister and, finally, her ex-boyfriend and love of her life. Poetic, ironically funny and deeply moving, Suzan-Lori Parks weaves the threads of Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter with the reality of life in today’s inner city to reveal a particular image of American Puritanism that is truly “in our blood.”

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