Art Lab (Meg Fofonoff, Producer) and ShowTown Productions (Nathan Gehan and Jamison Scott, Executive Producer) have announce two virtual, invitation-only readings of the new musical shAme. The virtual readings will be streamed Wednesday, November 18 and Thursday, November 19.
shAme is written by Mark Governor, based on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet Letter, and directed by Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall. The cast is led by Adam Pascal, James Snyder, and Lilli Cooper, with Jessica Jaunich, Jaygee Macapugay, Kevin McAllister, Kevyn Morrow, Andrew Polec, Aurelia Williams, and Samantha Williams.
Kathleen Marshall said, “I'm so thrilled that we have found a way to continue our development of Mark Governor's new musical shAme with its beautiful and timely message of tolerance and compassion. Creating an all-virtual reading with our awesome cast has been both challenging and invigorating!"
The presentations of shAme feature music direction by Cynthia Meng; editing by Mindy Elliot, Kevin Tent, and Angela Latimer; photography direction by Howie Michael Smith; and orchestrations by David O. ShowTown Theatricals provides general management. Additional creative team members and a production schedule will be announced at a later date.
This original and evocative sung-through adaptation of The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic tale of Hester Pryne and the aftermath of her public punishment for sin, features an eclectic mix of contemporary music styles including rock, pop, folk, roots and soul. Although shAme remains true to the novel and takes place in the same time and Puritanical New England setting, the edgy costume and production design, inventive staging and diverse casting combined with the contemporary score connects the story to our current times, and the resonance to current events and the “Me Too” movement is strong and profoundly moving.