Red Letter Plays
Paperback, 224 pages ISBN: 9781559361958Publication Date:
15 Mar 2001
Size: 215mm x 135mm£17.99

Red Letter Plays

By Suzan-Lori Parks

Paperback £17.99

Two haunting riffs on Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel The Scarlet Letter.

Hester La Negrita of In the Blood is an unapologetic mother of five illegitimate children, whose daily struggle among many is to master writing the alphabet, to help herself "one day get a leg up". She remains unable to get further than the letter A, scrawled in chalk beneath a railway bridge. The play was shortlisted for a Pullitzer Prize in 2000.

Hester Smith of Fucking A works the only job available – back street abortionist – in order to save for a reunion picnic with her imprisoned son. Her branded A bleeds afresh every time a patient comes to see her.

Suzan-Lori Parks is a leading back American playwright.

Press Quotes

'Powerfully illuminates the issues of language and social injustice'


'In The Blood is an electrifying drama...the play is gritty, yet full of imaginative flourishes. The language keeps pricking your ears.'

Washington Post

'[Suzan-Lori Parks has] burst through every known convention to invent a new theatrical language, like a jive Samuel Beckett, while exploding American cultural myths and stereotypes along the way'

New York Observer
Paperback, 224 pages ISBN: 9781559361958Publication Date:
15 Mar 2001
Size: 215mm x 135mm£17.99

Also by Suzan-Lori Parks:

The America Play and other works
100 Plays for the First Hundred Days
Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)
365 Days/365 Plays
The Book of Grace

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