Recap: Fucking A

Tatiana Pavela as Canary Mary and Bria Henderson as Hester Smith
Tatiana Pavela as Canary Mary and Bria Henderson as Hester Smith. Photo by Mike Hipple.

We had our first thesis production of the year with Suzan-Lori Parks' Fucking A, directed by 3rd year MFA candidate Malika Oyetimein. This beautiful and haunting adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter told the story of Hester Smith - branded A for Abortionist - in her efforts to do whatever it takes to buy her son's freedom from prison.

The production featured live music, transformative design, and a cast made up of MFA actors, BA students, and School of Drama alumni. This powerful and poignant piece raised serious questions about the role of race, gender, and poverty in society, and examined the distance between those with access to everything, and those left without anything. 

Audience members described it as "Devastating...astounding play...performed magnificently," and that it is "very important that we continue to have theatrical experiences like this."

Take a look at some of the production photos here