Theatre Department Performs "Violet"

Truman State University's Division of Fine Arts and Theatre Program will present the musical "Violet - A musical featuring Deadwood & Co." directed by Becky Becker, associate professor of theatre at Truman. The show will be at 8 p.m., April 18-22, in the Ophelia Parrish Courtyard Theatre.

One of the most acclaimed off-Broadway shows of the 1990s, "Violet" borrows its musical style from the American traditions of blues, gospel, and folk. The title character, a young woman disfigured by a childhood accident with an axe, boards a bus and travels through the American South in 1964, searching for a miracle. Along the way, she forges relationships that ultimately change her life. Two soldiers, one black and one white, help her to reimagine her life filled with self-worth, beauty and love.

The Truman State University production will feature local blues band, Deadwood, comprised of Clifton Kreps, Ian Lindevald, Mark Jarzewiak and Dave Kuchera, along with Truman graduate students, Michelle Jones and Leslie Sikes, and Daryl Fazio, assistant professor of art, performing with the band. Truman students from a variety of programs across campus make up the cast and crew. "Violet" is rated PG due to mild language and sexual situations.

With a score by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Brian Crawley, "Violet" won the New York Drama Critics Circle Best Award for Best Musical in 1997. It was the first off-Broadway musical to earn this honor.

Tickets are $5 each and may now be reserved or purchased in advance at the Ophelia Parrish Box Office. Opening night tickets are free. Make reservations by calling the Box Office at 785.4515 or stopping by during Box Office hours, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, in the Ophelia Parrish atrium.
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