In The Blood Opens at Players By The Sea

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Hardhitting, lyrical, beautiful and tragic. This play by Suzan-Lori Parks is a brilliant reworking of The Scarlet Letter in the same tradition as Gus Van Sants reworked Henry IV: My Own Private Idaho. Gritty, sexually complex, beautifully stylish amidst the rubble. It opens this weekend at Players by the Sea and is a must do for serious theatre audiences. Except the ones under 16 years of age. More after the jump.

Directed by Jason Collins, this show is gripping, emotional and gorgeously written.

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Lorraine Wheat as Hester

Lorraine Wheat and Jonathan Ross

From the Players By The Sea Website:

Is any figure in American society more vilified than the welfare mother with multiple children by different fathers? In the Blood explodes stereotypes with a powerful portrait of Hester, an illiterate mother of five, who lives with her kids on the cruel streets of the inner city. We see her fierce love for her brood, her sacrifices for them and the joy they give her. The children, Jabber, Bully, Trouble, Beauty and Baby are played by adults who also double as key characters in Hester’s life. We see how she is exploited and abused; we also see how her own self-destructive decisions hold her back.  Intensely thought-provoking and moving.

Hester: Lorraine Wheat
Chilli/Jabber: Steve Anderson
Doctor/Trouble: Jonathan Ross
Reverend/Baby: Kenneth Dowling Jr.
Welfare Lady/Bully: Toni Phillips
Amiga Gringa/Beauty: Evelyn Peralta

Playing at Studio Stage from Fri, Oct 26, 2012 - Sat, Nov 10, 2012

by Suzan-Lori Parks Directed by Jason Collins
OCTOBER 26, 27 - NOVEMBER 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10

Buy one regular ticket; get one free with valid student ID.

IN THE BLOOD contains strong language and adult content. It is not suitable for Children under 16.

Thursday - Saturday Curtain at 8:00 p.m. | Sunday curtain at 2:00 p.m.
General Admission - $20 | Student/Military/Senior Admission - $17