Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance Department of TheatreCollege of Liberal Arts

In the Blood

by Suzan-Lori Parks
directed by Sonita L. Surratt & Tasia A. Jones
Part Two of a Two-Part Performance Series: Mainstage Performance

March 26, 2021 at 7:30 pm – Livestream
March 27, 2021 at 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm – Digital Performance
March 28, 2021 at 2:30 pm – Digital Performance


"In the Blood is about the way we live now, and it is truly harrowing ... You will leave ... feeling pity and terror. And because it is a work of art, you will leave thrilled... " — The New York Times

In this radical retelling of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks tells the story of Hester La Negrita, a single mother of five children. Living under a bridge and without formal education, Hester strives to support her children and teach them right from wrong. Through a style she labels repetition-and-revision (influenced by her love for jazz and classical music), Parks dramatizes the social and economic conditions that make Hester’s hopes futile. The play is a stinging critique of American culture — and an inescapable call for change.


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Produced in the Carole & Gordon Mallett Theatre

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