Forget Nathaniel Hawthorne's New England, circa 1850. Forget the Puritans and Scarlet Letters. This Hester is the 1990s homeless mother of Jabber, Bully, Trouble, Beauty and Baby. She is street-wise and hip to the scene. Her home is the underside of a bridge in a New York ghetto. Her story is gritty and pitted with racial, gender and social injustice. Not to mention blatant double standards of morality. Lucky for Hester La Negrita, she has an over-sized, brazen sense of humor and an Obie-winning, African-American playwright, Suzan-Lori Parks, to bring her story to the Lab stage.