People, Jan. 5, 1976

"I have always wanted to do the Scarlet Letter because it is an interesting piece of Americana," explained Modern Dance Choreographer Martha Graham, 81, as she introduced her interpretation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel last week to an appreciative New York audience. While Graham Protegee Janet Eilber danced the part of Adulteress Hester Prynne in the classic Puritan story, the role of the Rev. Dimmesdale went to celebrated Russian Expatriate Rudolf Nureyev. "I see no irony in using a Russian to dance the lead in this very American story," insisted la grande Graham. "I...

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