See Annie ’20 as “Pearl” in Phyllis Nagy’s modern adaptation of The Scarlet Letter, opening Friday, September 7 at the Aux Dog Theater. The play will run through September 30 with showtimes on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm. Get Tickets Here!
In this retelling of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic, the events of Hester Prynne’s life are seen through the eyes of young Pearl (Annie ‘20), Hester's illegitimate daughter. Pearl is described as “a wild child,” and the play is described as a means to challenge perceptions of female morality and the punishments society uses to control it.
Ms. Nagy’s adaptation has a distinctly contemporary sensibility and message for modern audiences. “As current as the #MeToo Movement, Hawthorne's great American Gothic romance comes to searing life in this daring and thought-provoking stage adaptation by Phyllis Nagy,” explains Aux Dog Theater. The Washington Post praised the adaptation saying, “Nagy's reworking of the 1850 novel strips Hawthorne's language and streamlines his story. But the playwright's biggest twist is putting the impish love child center stage—fully grown and narrating the events following her mother's imprisonment for adultery.”