The Violet Hour: Book Publisher Caught Between Friend, Mistress and Mysterious Machine
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Tarell Alvin McCraney's latest acclaimed play tracks the coming-of-age of a group of talented young African-American prep-school singers whose choral prowess is woven seamlessly into the story. Pharus, the undisputed superstar of the choir, is searching for the courage to let his true self shine through, in this work by MacArthur Fellowship-winner McCraney (The Brother/Sister Plays), who's been called "without question, the hottest young playwright in America" (Chicago Tribune). The West Coast premiere reunites director Trip Cullman, star Jeremy Pope and several other cast members from its 2013 New York run. Learn More
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Featured review from Sandeaux
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Wasn't my favorite show, but it was OK. The acting was great, but the story was a little slow. Was neat seeing "Keith" from Scrubs. I was looking forward to seeing one of the other actors as well, but we got the understudy at our performance. Fortunately, his performance was one of the best.
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I came. I saw. I fell asleep. O.K. it wasn't that bad, but it is strangely disjointed. In the first act, the earnest drama was interesting, but in the second act, it just became annoying. The actors were missing their marks. The drama centers...continued
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Nice set design on display upon arrival. Props galore as the show progressed !! One of those "stage manager's show from hell" - okay so it's challenging !! However, performances were flat & story line very ho-hum. Expected more from R Greenberg,...continued
Quotes & Highlights
Read an "interview ":https://www.tcg.org/publications/at/Feb06/Greenberg.cfmwith playwright Richard Greenberg.
From the Producer of I Capture the Castle and the Director of Sidhe and London’s Scars comes Richard Greenberg’s _The Violet Hour.
_If you knew the future, could you change it?
It’s April 1, 1919, and the young independent publisher John Pace Seavering is setting up his office. With only enough capital to put out one book, John finds himself besieged by two authors. Denny McCleary, John’s brash and gifted college friend, has produced a manuscript so unruly it lives in a trio of crates. He’s fallen in love with the enchanting heiress Rosamund Plinth, and if John doesn’t agree to publish his book today, he’ll lose her forever. But John is also being strenuously lobbied by Jessie Brewster, the popular black jazz singer who is also John’s very secret mistress. She’s written her memoirs and is determined to have her story known. As John temporizes with these two, another drama is playing out in the anteroom: A machine of mysterious provenance and purpose has arrived and is spewing out stacks of pages while John’s hapless assistant, Gidger, strives vainly to stem the flood and leaves John to ponder if knowing the future will allow him to change it? _The Violet Hour _was commissioned and originally produced by South Coast Repertory, and had its Broadway debut in November 2003. John Billingsley is well known to television audiences for his portrayal of Dr. Phlox on __Star Trek: Enterprise. __He was a series regular on __The Nine __and The Others and has made countless recurring and episodic appearances on such show as __True Blood, 24, Prison Break, The Practice, The X-Files, Judging Amy, The West Wing, Six Feet Under, __and Nip/Tuck. His numerous theatre credits include the West Coast Premiere of __Mauritius __at The Pasadena Playhouse, __Candide, __David Mamet’s Bobby Gould in Hell, The Seagull, Great Expectations and Twelfth Night.
Karole Foreman was an original cast member in Mark Taper Forum’s Jelly’s Last Jam and starred as Tanya in the Las Vegas production of Mamma Mia! Her other regional theatre credits include The Denver Center Theatre, The Goodspeed Opera House, The Pasadena Playhouse, San Jose Rep. and two seasons with the renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
- Travis Schuldt *is perhaps best known for his work as Sarah Chalke’s forgiving boyfriend on the hit TV series Scrubs. He played the original Ethan Winthrop for four seasons on the hit daytime series Passions and Deputy Chase Williams on Aaron Spelling’s short lived series 10-8: Officers on Duty. He is a founding member of The Lone Star Ensemble Theatre Company. Rounding out the cast are Peter Larney (A Noise Within, Theatricum Botanicum) and Lisa Valerie Morgan (The Matrix, El Portal Theatre, Antaeus).
- Richard Greenberg *(Playwright) is the author of _Take Me Out _(Drama Desk Award; NY Drama Critics Circle Award; Outer Critics Circle Award; Lucille Lortel Award; Tony Award for Best Play), recently on Broadway after successful runs at The Public Theater in New York City and The Donmar on London’s West End. Other works include The Violet Hour, _The Dazzle _(Outer Critics Circle Award; John Gassner, Lucille Lortel nominations), _Everett Beekin, __Three Days of Rain _(L.A. Drama Critics Award; Pulitzer finalist; Olivier, Drama Desk, Hull-Warriner nominations), _Hurrah at Last, __Night and Her Stars_, The American Plan, _Life Under Water, _and _The Author’s Voice _among many other plays. His adaptation of Strindberg’s _Dance of Death _was seen on Broadway starring Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren and David Straithairn. Greenberg received the Oppenheimer Award for a new playwright as well as the first PEN/Laura Pels Award for a playwright in mid-career. He is an associate artist at South Coast Repertory and a member of Ensemble Studio Theater.
Cast list is subject to change.