I had to read this for a college theatre class and just recently saw the staged production. There is a difference in perception but both are absolutely wonderful. I love the printed play and read the whole thing in one sitting. Once I started I just couldn't stop, I had to know the outcome for Hester and her children. The production was great, but if you're not use to doubling casting then it could get confusing. The transitions were great and the character transformations were exceptional. It's just a great play all the way around. I highly recommend this to anyone, even if you've never read the Scarlet Letter.