Communique: Musical "Violet": Beautiful Story Of A Disfigured Woman

Aug 31, 2018

You may have never heard of the award-winning show Violet, though it premiered off-Broadway back in 1997. The musical has received more attention and increased production in the last few years after a 2014 Broadway revival. Opera House Theatre Company brings it to Thalian Hall.

Performances are Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 3:00pm through September 9. Listen above to our conversation with Director Jason Aycock and Actor Justin Allen Tate. See show description and cast photos below.

Listen to excerpts of the original Broadway cast recording

"Violet" cast photo
Credit Erik Maasch / Opera House Theatre Company

Violet Karl is a woman with a plan.  Disfigured in a childhood accident, she is determined to alter the path of her life with faith healing.  In search of her miracle, she leaves her hometown of Spruce Pine, NC, to journey by bus to Tulsa, home of the televangelist she believes can offer her this miraculous transformation.  Instead, she learns it is the journey you take in life that helps you discover who you are, and she finds a very different kind of salvation.  Doris Betts, an acclaimed North Carolina writer, creates in Violet a strong and vibrant character in that everyone can relate to and Jeanine Tesori, one of the most vibrant composers of modern musical theatre, brings her to indelible life in a score that ranges from Jesus-praising gospel anthems to Memphis blues, from soulful bluegrass to foot-stomping dance tunes.  Uncommonly beautiful, Violet is the journey of a lifetime.

"Violet" cast photo
Credit Erik Maasch / Opera House Theatre Company
"Violet" cast photo
Credit Erik Maasch / Opera House Theatre Company
"Violet" cast photo
Credit Erik Maasch / Opera House Theatre Company
"Violet" cast photo
Credit Erik Maasch / Opera House Theatre Company