The Minister’s Black Veil at Eclectic Company Theatre (North Hollywood, CA)

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

Fear, Guilt & Superstition Surround The Minister’s Black Veil

Eclectic Company Theatre (North Hollywood, CA)

"The Minister's Black Veil"

This theatrical adaptation of a classic short story written by Nathaniel Hawthorne (The Scarlet Letter, The House of the Seven Gables) tells the tale of Reverend Hooper. The minister of a small town in Massachusetts circa 1710, Rev. Hooper creates a significant stir when he shows up for a Sunday service wearing a black veil over his face. With no explanation, he continues to wear the veil for the duration of the day, even during a wedding ceremony. As a matter of fact, it doesn’t look like Rev. Hooper ever plans to remove this mysterious black veil from his face. But … why? Hawthorne’s story is a timeless examination of fear, guilt and superstition that bears more than a passing similarity to some beliefs that still persist today.

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