The staging of Suzan-Lori Parks’s 2000 Pulitzer nominee play, directed by the multi-award-winning Greg Homann.
In The Blood is a modern-day riff on The Scarlet Letter. The acclaimed play tells the story of Hester La Negrit,a who is living under an inner-city bridge with her five fatherless children. Her eldest child is teaching her how to read and write, but the letter “A” is, so far, the only letter she knows. While Hester’s kids fill her life with joy – lovingly comical moments amid the harsh world of poverty – the adults with whom she comes into contact only hold her back. Living rough and having the reputation as a “lady of the night” pushed onto her, Hester and her kid’s futures grow dim as the play moves towards an end.
Hester’s five kids range in age from two to thirteen and are played in this production by student-actors currently studying towards a BA in Dramatic Arts. These five cast members also double as adults in Hester’s life: her ex-boyfriend, her social worker, her doctor, her best friend and a reverend. The actors and actresses are: Bathandwa Mbobo, Trevor Lynch, Nolitha Radebe, Ntokozo Deyi, Zoleka Monare and Kashifa Sithole.
Venue: Barney Simon Theatre, Market Theatre, 56 Margaret Mcingana St, Newtown
Time: Mon to Thu 8.15pm | Sun 3.15pm
Cost: R90 – R150