Inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic novel The Scarlet Letter, Fucking A by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, offers a bleak and dystopian view of the sadistic power games we are forced to play as members of a ‘free’ and modern society. Set in a post-apocalyptic world still divided by class and corruption, where its players are subject to arbitrary imprisonment, and where sexuality and fertility are discussed in an alternate language, we find Hester Smith working the only job available - abortionist to the lower class. Her branded A bleeding afresh every time a patient arrives, Hester hopes to save enough for a ‘promised’ reunion with her 'wrongfully' imprisoned son. A dark fable with music, including brief sardonic songs, Fucking A is an expressionistic exploration of society and the socio-political systems within it through the lens of a mothers undying love.
Please note that Fucking A explores mature themes, contains adult language, sexual content, violence and may contain partial nudity. Fucking A may not be suitable for patrons under the age of 18.
"Fucking A is fucking brilliant...this is a terrific production, and we can only be grateful to Iron Crow for bringing it to us." - John B. Gohn, Broadway World Baltimore
"Baltimore’s queer theater, Iron Crow, proves the perfect push-the-envelope match for Parks’ distinctive theatrics. They are more than up to the linguistic, musical, political and sexual demands of the play and their production crackles with danger and unsettling power." - Jayne Blanchard, DC Theatre Scene
"...an extremely unusual, gripping, and powerful play, which is now being given a splendid new production by Baltimore’s Iron Crow Theatre." - Michael Poandl, DC Metro Theatre Arts
"Evocative, intensely performed and strongly directed, Fucking A stays with you, especially in a time like this. Incredibly well done. See it." - Pandora Locks, The Bad Oracle
"Iron Crow Theatre has found its niche with these edgy, queer and dark productions. Fucking A is the latest entry in the catalogue of well-performed and directed plays and is highly recommended." - Steve Charring, OUTspoken
"...penetrates deep and lingers in a time like this, as the gap between reality and dystopian fiction narrows.." - Maura Callahan, Baltimore City Paper
"Original and unsettling, emotional, and grandiose, Fucking A is not to be missed..." - Michael Poandl, DC Metro Theatre Arts
* Denotes Iron Crow Theatre Artistic Associate
"Suzan-Lori Parks has burst through every known convention to invent a new theatrical language, like a jive Samuel Beckett, while exploding American cultural myths and stereotypes along the way." - John Heilpern, New York Observer and Vogue.
Written by Suzan-Lori Parks. Directed by Stephen Nunns with Set Design by Logan Lynch and Costume Design by Nicki Seibert. Lighting Design by Cara Antico with Properties Design by Emma Jo Shatto. Stage Management provided by Gretchen Hylton.
Friday, February 3: 8:00pm
Saturday, February 4: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sunday, February 5: 5:30pm
Thursday, February 9: 7:00pm
Friday, February 10: 8:00pm
Saturday, February 11: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sunday, February 12: 2:00pm
Baltimore Theatre Project
45 West Preston Street Baltimore MD 21201