The Burgundy Letter

Recommended for High Schools

The Burgundy Letter

by Kirk Shimano

Hester90 is publicly shamed and shunned for a racial slur against another student.

 About 50 minutes

Times given are approximate and do not include intermissions/scene changes/breaks


 9
1 M | 2 W | 6 Any Gender, plus 0-100 “The Anonymous” characters


Simple set


 39 pages

Comedy Classical Adaptation Issue-Based
Livestream and Virtual (e.g. Zoom) Options Learn More

In an online community, Hester90 is publicly shamed and shunned for a racial slur against another student, but refuses to name her cohort in the hateful conversation. RoChi wants the conspirator found out and humiliated. Climate_Dale wants everyone to come to his annual Earth Day address.

How do we strike a balance between holding individuals accountable while still having compassion for those who apologize for their mistakes?

The Burgundy Letter is a comedic retelling of the classic novel The Scarlet Letter set in a high school and reframed for a digital age.

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