Hawthorne's masterpiece of character under stress lends itself dramatically to a stage presentation—for we see the men smile knowingly at the scarlet letter on Hester's breast, and we hear the sneers of the holier-than-thou women as they gossip avidly about her secret! Hester has committed an inexcusable crime and has compounded it and confounded her prosecutors by refusing to name her partner in sin. The man who allows her to protect him suffers more from pangs of conscience than he would have from public humiliation. The dramatic climax shows us once again the timeless truth that compassion and understanding are forever more powerful than vengeance and cruelty. Three acts.
- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code SB6000
- Cast Size 32
- Min. Royalty Rate $85/perf
- Cost $9.95
- Approx. Run Time 90 min
- Target Audience High School | College and Adult
- Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre
- Genre Drama
- ISBN(13) 9780871299215
- "The use of the Scene Designer as a narrative device is extremely helpful in establishing the presentational style of the piece. Minimal scenery with multiple configurations makes the production affordable. The adaptation is true to Hawthorne, and the arc of the Hester-Dimmesdale-Chillingworth relationship is crystal clear."
- Review by Dora Myers, Shenendehowa High School West, Clifton Park, N.Y.