Violet

Violet 2019-08-11T18:16:28+00:00
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VIOLET

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music by JEANINE TESORI
lyrics and book by BRIAN CRAWLEY
based on The Ugliest Pilgrim by Doris Betts

directed by MICHAEL LIPP
musical direction by ANTHONY FELTON

MUSICAL | A journey towards a miracle, with music that will lift your spirits and stir your soul. Tony-nominated, and Winner of the Drama Critics’ Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical.

An enduringly rewarding musical. With its tangy flavors of country, gospel, blues and honky-tonk rock, it is also her warmest, most accessible score.“— The New York Times

photographer: SUSAN J. ROCHE

THE CAST

JEN MERCER
Violet
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CLAYTON RIDDLEY
Flick
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CHRIS BERRY
Monty
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EMILY COLLINS
Young Violet
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BLAKE MICHAEL OSNER
Father
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BRANDON KRAUT
Preacher / Ensemble
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CLAIRE CIMINO
Old Lady / Hooker / Ensemble
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DR. JOHNETTA HOWARD-MYERS
Lula / Ensemble
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LUKE GILBOY
Virgil / Ensemble
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ELIZABETH BRICKNELL
Music Hall Singer / Ensemble
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BRANDON HINES
Leroy / Ensemble
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A MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR

Once or twice a year, I binge on a dozen or so “obscure” musical cast recordings. In 1997, I discovered this small Off-Broadway musical called Violet with a wonderfully unique score. A patchwork of Americana – bluegrass, gospel, blues, and country – I found its music thrilling and unlike anything I’d heard before. The book was equally captivating – the story of a young woman traveling across the Civil Rights Era South in search of a miracle healing. Along the way she discovers that the facial scar she bears as the result of a childhood accident runs much deeper. Among her fellow bus riders is a young African-American soldier who “teaches” Violet the importance of seeing what’s beneath the surface. It’s a beautiful and moving tale of love, hope, and forgiveness that I’ve been dying to direct for the past 20 years and I’m so grateful to ABET for giving me this opportunity!  ~  Michael Lipp

PRODUCTION TEAM

director: MICHAEL LIPP
musical director: ANTHONY FELTON
stage manager: GRACE GUEVAREZ
set designer: MICHAEL LIPP
scenic designer: STEPHEN BIFANI
costume designer: PAM JOINER
lighting designer: BRYAN FRANK
props: CLAIRE CIMINO
graphic designer / PR photographer: CARYL BUTTERLEY
production photographer: SUSAN J. ROCHE
window cling design: SHEPHERD
program: CELIA FRANK, DAGHER PRINTING
opening night reception: THERESA ROOKEY, AUDREY DEARBORN, WALTER KRUPINSKI, KEN ROOKEY, SUSAN CATHCART, KAREN LAHEY, JODI MOORE

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