Saturday, Nov 16, 2019 3:30p -
Pioneer Village: Salem 1630
98 West Avenue, Forest River Park
Salem, MA, MA 01970
Art, Performing Arts
History Alive, Inc. proudly presents:
The Scarlet Letter
Adapted by Dr. Peter Stine, Mark Stevick and Kristina Wacome Stevick
Directed by Kristina Wacome Stevick
Based on the novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne
This November, History Alive, Inc. brings new life to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s greatest classic-- The Scarlet Letter. In a site-specific adaptation for Salem’s Pioneer Village, the author himself guides the audience about the grounds of this 17th century village, where an unspeakable scandal shakes the community. The Scarlet Letter performs on November 10 & 16 - 17 at 3:30 pm at Pioneer Village, at 98 West Ave, Salem MA. General admission is $30, available at scarletletter.bpt.me.
“It is to the credit of human nature, that, except where its selfishness is brought into play, it loves more readily than it hates.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne's words from his first widely successful novel still ring true today. In this adaptation for Salem’s own Pioneer Village the audience meets the introverted, self-doubting author on the path into his imaginary world. With Hawthorne as their guide, they enter the village on the day of punishment for Mistress Hester Prynne, recently convicted of adultery but released on an unusual charge. Even though the legal penalty is death, Hester is allowed to walk free on one condition-- that she wear a scarlet letter “A” upon her clothing for the rest of her life to remind all who see it of her crime.
The audience is witness to Hester’s public humiliation, and the struggle of the following years as she raises her young daughter alone. However, the storm is far from over. Although she has accepted her sentence, the aftershock of Hester’s scarlet letter echoes throughout the village, as long-kept secrets and hidden relationships threaten to reveal themselves-- and perhaps for good reason.
Experience Hawthorne’s unforgettable story as never before, as his characters battle for love, redemption, and forgiveness in a time and place when all three seem to be out of reach.
Admission is $30
November 10 & 16 - 17
98 West Ave
Free Parking is available in Forest River Park.
Find Nathaniel Hawthorne at the head of the pathway to Pioneer Village.
History Alive, Inc. is committed to the production of new plays and theatrical scenarios based on true stories from the past. Emphasis is given to interactive theatre so that actors and audience together, through a playful and dynamic way of engaging with history, might broaden their understanding of the present and gain a fresh sense of purpose within their own era. The company also seeks to invigorate the local economy by designing activities which connect the community and its visitors to a distinct, local history.