The history of theater goes all the way back to the 1970s, when audiences were eager to see “living movies.” See how far these unfilmed talkabouts have come in only 40 years with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $10, you get one general-admission ticket to The Scarlet Letter, presented by Prime Stage Theatre at the New Hazlett Theater (up to a $20 value). Choose from the following performances:
- Friday, November 4, at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, November 5, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, November 6, at 2:30 p.m.
- Friday, November 11, at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, November 12, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, November 13, at 2:30 p.m.<p>
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic tale of morality and hypocrisy in Puritan New England resonates anew in this stage adaptation, presented by a local theater company whose mission lies in bringing literary masterworks to life. When protagonist Hester Prynne bears a daughter out of wedlock, her colony’s leaders force her to wear a scarlet A on her chest. Hester must go about her daily life displaying the mark, constantly reminded of her adultery and of her losing a childhood spelling bee on a single-letter article. Director Katie Mueller lends her steadying hand to a plot rife with scandal and intrigue, and lead actress Ivy Steinberg infuses Hester with grace, dignity, and courage. Penned by Carol and Jonathan Gilligan, this adaptation veers from the original novel by incorporating the account of Hester’s daughter, Pearl, offering her interpretation of her mother’s struggle to overcome the moral duplicity of her colony’s patriarchy and a giant pilgrim’s hat that blocks the doorway of her home.
Peppered with theatrical treats, the show’s performance schedule includes an opening-night performance from the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony on November 4 and a meet-and-chat with the director and playwright on November 4 and 5. Regardless of the date, audience members will be drawn into a riveting performance in the intimate confines of the New Hazlett Theater, whose recent renovations have succeeded in evicting the ghosts of Puritan forefathers who might object to the play’s nuanced interpretation of their moral integrity.
Though discounts are available for seniors ($15) and students ($10), this Groupon offers the best value for adult and senior tickets.
Books may look like inanimate stacks of paper, but they have stuff inside them. Good stuff. Smart stuff. Compelling stuff. The mission of Prime Stage is to bring that stuff to life. With adaptations that run the gamut from children's classics such as The Westing Game and Walk Two Moons to historical classics such as The Diary of Anne Frank and A Woman Called Truth, the company has spent nearly 20 years bringing literature to the stage.
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