The Red Letter Plays: In the Blood
Why Watch The Red Letter Plays: In the Blood
Written by Pulitzer winner Suzan-Lori Parks, ‘In The Blood’ is a modern-day version of ‘The Scarlet Letter’. A classic tragedy, the play takes in influences from the classics and is more about the poorer sections of society. Based on a realist view of the world, the play allows the audience to interpret what they are seeing instead of spoon-feeding the message across. This allows the play to stand out and appear more attuned with the audience members.
The central theme of the play is about society’s oppression of the people in poverty and adulterers. Sara Holden, a Broadway critic for the New York Magazine, has this to say about the play - “Vital and urgent in the America we’re currently living in." Featuring Tony nominee Saycon Sengbloh and directed by Obie-winner Sarah Benson, ‘In The Blood’ is an absorbing, relevant and intense play.
This play is produced in tandem with Fucking A, allowing you the unique opportunity to see two plays by one writer in dialogue with each other.
Hester La Negrita is a poor mother of five blamed for everything by the men who love her. Hester, in desperation, turns to former lovers, friends, and institutions which are meant to help her but only faces rejection and disappointment where she goes.
Watch the story unfold of a woman who has the reputation as a ‘slut’ who tries to help make her children’s lives successful.
Played with exquisitely clouded radiance by Saycon Sengbloh in the Signature Theater’s first-rate revival of this genre-mutating 1999 drama, the illiterate Hester would probably never presume to talk in such highfalutin terms.
In the Blood, brilliantly helmed by director Sarah Benson, hits all of the marks and absolutely makes the case for why the Pulitzer Prize-winning Parks is considered to be one of our great contemporary playwrights. And if we are paying attention, we must understand that we are being asked to consider what role we (collectively and individually) can/should be playing in helping those who are society's cast-offs."
Know Before You Go
Suitable for ages 12 and up. Please note that the theater does not allow entry for children below the age of 4
The theatre has only 191 seats available. To get an idea of the seating before booking, please refer to the seating chart.
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.
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The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theater, The Pershing Square Signature Center 480 West 42nd Street, New York