JAN 9 - FEB 6, 2016 Buy Tickets

Music by Jeanine Tesori
Lyrics and Book by Brian Crawley
Based on “The Ugliest Pilgrim” by Doris Betts

Directed by Paul Daigneault
Musical Direction by Matthew Stern
Choreography by David Connolly

Producers Circle
Executive Producers
Pat & Mary Cogan
Steve & Susan Root

Associate Producers
Michael Appell & Guy Ronnen
Jon & Dixie Lee Borus
Jack Cornwell & Mark Hickey


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Featuring a powerful folk, rock, and gospel score, this soul-stirring musical, set in 1964, tells the story of a young North Carolina woman who travels by bus to Tulsa to see a faith-healer she thinks can transform her life. Along the way, she forms unlikely friendships with her fellow passengers, and learns that it’s the journeys you take in life that help you discover who you are.

  • Cast

    Dan Belnavis* … Flick
    Tyla Collier … Mabel/Music Hall Singer/Ensemble
    Patrick Greeley … Radio Singer.Ensemble
    Nile Scott Hawver* … Monty
    Audree Hedequist … Young Violet
    John F. King … Preacher/Radio Singer/Bus Driver
    Stephen Markarian* … Virgil/Billy Dean/Radio Singer/Ensemble
    Alison McCartan* … Violet
    Michael Mendiola* … Father
    Carolyn Saxon* … Lula Buffington/Landlady
    Kathy St. George* … Old Lady/Hooker

    See “Who’s Who” below for full bios.

  • Production Team

    Musical Direction by Matt Stern
    Choreography by David Connolly

    Scenic Design by Eric Levenson
    Costume Design by Charles Schoonmaker
    Lighting Design by Karen Perlow
    Sound Design by David Remedios

    Marsha Smith*, Production Stage Manager
    Zachary Tucker*, Assistant Stage Manager

    See “Who’s Who” below for full bios.

  • Who's Who

Jeanine Tesori

The VIOLET composer talks about her career and her approach to adapting Violet’s journey to the stage.

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Press, SpeakEasy News, Violet

SpeakEasy Stage Receives $10K from National Endowment for the Arts

(Boston) – SpeakEasy Stage will receive an Arts Work Award of $10,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to help fund a unique collaboration between the company and area gospel choirs as part of its upcoming New England premiere production of the acclaimed Broadway musical VIOLET, running January 9 – February 6, in […]

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From Director Paul Daigneault

SpeakEasy Founder and Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault revisits the musical VIOLET after 15 years and talks about what’s in store in our all-new production.

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Violet Photos

Photos for the upcoming SpeakEasy Stage production of Violet.

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