She had not known the weight until she felt the freedom.

Pride and Prejudice playwright and adapter extraordinaire Kate Hamill (one of American Theatre’s Top 5 Most Produced Playwrights, 2018-2019) turns her inventive, contemporary lens on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1850 masterwork. As the adulterous Hester Prynne faces a raging public and a vengeful, long-lost husband, Hamill’s voice sheds new light and laughter on the sin, shame, and utter insanity of a puritanical society not far from our own mad, modern world.

HVSF2 is Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s popular new works series, featuring contemporary plays read by HVSF company members and other professional actors before hitting mainstages across the country.