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Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center
Portland, OR
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"VIOLET" by Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley is based on the short story "The Ugliest Pilgrim," by Doris Betts.

Directed by Elizabeth Klinger (TRUTH & BEAUTY; FIND ME BESIDE YOU), with Musical Direction by Jeffrey Childs.

Starring Meredith Weber as Violet, Jerrod Neal as Flick, and featuring Paul Angelo, Carrie Baldwin-Sayre, Sarah Dresser, Zack Rouse, Jeremy Sloan, Tracy Turner, Isha Tell, Norman Wilson, Colin Wood.  Also featuring Rebecca McDade (PAMTA Award for Best Young Performer) as Young Violet.  

Set in 1964 in the Deep South during the early days of the Civil Rights Movement, "Violet" follows the journey of a young woman accidentally scarred by her father years before. In hopes that a TV evangelist can cure her, she embarks on a long bus ride from her sleepy North Carolina town through Memphis to Oklahoma. Along the way she deals with the past that haunts her, and unexpectedly finds love.

The show opened Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in 1997.  Acclaimed for its well-crafted book & lyrics and for its powerful, gorgeous score infused with Gospel, Rock, Country, and R&B, "Violet" went on to win the 1997 Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Musical, the 1997 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical, and composer Jeanine Tesori received a Special Citation from the Obie Awards.

"A genuine sincerity and sweetness that can pierce through one's skepticism...blessed with some lovely indigenous music...a smart amalgam of country, church and blues." -Seattle Times.

"VIOLET has the most powerful score of any musical in years." -Howard Kissel, Daily News

"Enchanting. A pure delight on every level!" -Michael Feingold, Village Voice

"Here is a truly charming and meaningful new American musical: VIOLET" -Clive Barnes, New York Post

"A lovely piece, an easy-going but rigorous work filled with unexpected details, compassion for its quirky characters and especially, a score that uses southern popular and folk influences with unpredictable sophistication and flair." –Linda Winer, Newsday



Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center
5340 N. Interstate Ave.
Portland, OR 97217
United States

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Minimum Age: 5
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