From Director Paul Daigneault

In the 24 Seasons since he founded SpeakEasy Stage, Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault has produced over 100 Boston premieres and directed dozens of plays and musicals, including our 2000 production of VIOLET.

Now, in time for our milestone 25th Season, VIOLET returns to SpeakEasy in an all-new production featuring the revised score from the recent hit Broadway run. Here, Paul Daigneault talks about revisiting the musical after 15 years and what audiences can expect from the show.


JAN 9 – FEB 6, 2016

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What is VIOLET about?

VIOLET is a powerful and poignant musical about one woman’s journey to self-awareness and self-acceptance. Tony-winner Jeanine Tesori combines gospel, rock, and folk music for a truly original and rousing score.

What is exciting to you about this project?

I am really looking forward to revisiting this show, which I directed for SpeakEasy back in 2000.  We typically do not do revivals or repeats, but I thought it would be a fun way to mark the company’s 25th Anniversary by bringing back one of our favorite shows.

In addition, we will be working with a number of local gospel choirs who perform as part of the show.  I guarantee you that the sound created by the voices in this show will be unforgettable.

Why will SpeakEasy audiences love this show?

VIOLET is both heartfelt and inspirational.  I think everyone who sees the powerful musical will be able to relate to some aspect of Violet’s story.