In the opening moments of the national touring production of “Beautiful” – the 2014 Tony Award-winning show about the life, times and tunes of the artist Billboard magazine named the most successful and influential female songwriter of the last half-century – Sarah Bockel, as Carole King, is…

Suzan-Lori Parks’ 1999 play “In the Blood” ends the way Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter” – a novel about 17th century life in Puritan Massachusetts and the play’s source of inspiration – begins. Hester, standing silent on a scaffold while subjected to public humiliation, bravely sh…