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FORD’S THEATRE PRESENTS MUSICAL "VIOLET" JAN. 24-FEB 23, 2014

VIOLET
MUSIC BY JEANINE TESORI
LYRICS AND BOOK BY BRIAN CRAWLEY
BASED ON THE UGLIEST PILGRIM BY DORIS BETTS
MUSIC DIRECTION BY JAY CROWDER
DIRECTED AND CHOREOGRAPHED BY JEFF CALHOUN

First professional production of the musical in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Ford’s Theatre 2013-2014 season continues with the musical Violet, directed and choreographed by Jeff Calhoun (Broadway’s Newsies), January 24-February 23, 2014. Violet features a dynamic score of bluegrass, gospel, country and rock music by four-time Tony Award-nominated composer Jeanine Tesori (the recent Fun Home; Broadway’s Caroline, or Change; Thoroughly Modern Millie; Shrek the Musical). The Ford’s production stars a first-class Washington cast led by Erin Driscoll in the title role.

A touching story of hope, love and healing, Violet is set in the early 1960s and follows the story of a physically scarred young woman, who travels across the South in search of a televangelist’s healing miracle. On her journey into Oklahoma, Violet meets Monty and Flick, two soldiers who help her learn about courage, beauty and her own self-worth.

“I’m excited to be directing this heartfelt musical at Ford’s Theatre,” said director Jeff Calhoun. “As we watch Violet’s journey unfold, the story reminds us to celebrate individuality, make brave choices and to say ‘yes’ in life, instead of focusing on our imperfections. It’s a story that’s rich with vibrant music and an enchanting cast of characters who discover that hope, acceptance and love are the true healing miracles.”

Violet is made possible with support from Lead Sponsor Exxon Mobil Corporation. WAMU 88.5 is the Official Media Partner for Violet. The Ford’s Theatre 2013-2014 Season Sponsors are The Home Depot and Chevron.

THE DIRECTOR
Ford’s Theatre Associate Artist Jeff Calhoun returns to Ford’s Theatre to direct a mainstage musical for the first time since his production of The Civil War during the Ford’s Theatre Reopening Season in 2009. Additional Ford’s credits include Shenandoah, Deaf West’s Big River and the Ford’s Theatre Annual Gala (2009-2012). Some of his many Broadway credits include the Tony-winning Newsies, Jekyll and Hyde (2013 Revival), Bonnie and Clyde, Grey Gardens, Brooklyn The Musical, Deaf West’s Big River, Annie Get Your Gun (Tony Award, Best Revival), Grease and Tommy Tune Tonight! Additional credits include Maurice Hines is Tappin' Thru Life for Arena Stage, Deaf West’s Pippin at the Mark Taper Forum, domestic and international productions of Disney’s High School Musical: On Stage and the first original ASL musical, Sleeping Beauty Wakes.

THE CAST
The cast for Violet includes Erin Driscoll (Our Town, Parade, A Christmas Carol) in the title role with James Gardiner as Monty and Kevin McAllister as Flick. Additional casting includes Madeline Botteri, Troy Hopper, Kellee Knighten Hough, Gregory Maheu, Katie McManus, Amy McWilliams, Nova Y. Payton, Stephen F. Schmidt, Chris Sizemore, Bobby Smith, Stephen Gregory Smith and Lauren Williams.

THE DESIGNERS
Jeff Calhoun’s design team for Violet includes Music Director Jay Crowder (1776, Liberty Smith, A Christmas Carol, The Civil War); Scenic Designer Tobin Ost (Shenandoah, The Civil War); Costume Designer Wade Laboissonniere (Hello, Dolly!, 1776, Parade, Liberty Smith, Sabrina Fair, Little Shop of Horrors, The Civil War, The Heavens Are Hung In Black, State of the Union, The Matchmaker); Lighting Designer Michael Gilliam (The Civil War, Shenandoah, Big River, Leading Ladies), Sound Designer David Budries (Hello, Dolly!, Our Town, 1776, Parade, Liberty Smith, Little Shop of Horrors, The Civil War, Meet John Doe, Shenandoah) and Wig and Make-Up Design by Anne Nesmith. The production team also includes Production Stage Manager Brandon Prendergast and Assistant Stage Manager Kate Kilbane.

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS

Following the 7:30 p.m. performance of Violet on February 8, talk theatre with fellow fans of the show as well as cast members, including Erin Driscoll (Violet) and James Gardiner (Monty), who will be on hand to share their stories. This event takes place at the restaurant Bistro D’Oc (518 Tenth Street NW) located just across the street from Ford’s Theatre. A cash bar will be available. Tickets to the February 8 performance are not required. Event will start at approximately 9:50 p.m.

As part of Destination DC’s Date Nights promotion, patrons who use code DATE50 can get two-for-one rear orchestra tickets to Violet. The musical’s story of hope and love makes for the perfect backdrop to your date night this February. Offer good on performances through Feb. 23. Violet tickets and information available at www.fords.org/event/violet.

Audio-described performances of Violet are Tuesday, February 4, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, February 15, 2014, at 2 p.m. A sign-interpreted performance is scheduled for Thursday, February 13, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. A captioned performance is scheduled for Saturday, February 22, 2014, at 2 p.m.

MEDIA CONTACT: LAUREN BEYEA at lbeyea@fords.org

******FACT SHEET: VIOLET******
music by Jeanine Tesori; lyrics and book by Brian Crawley
based on The Ugliest Pilgrim by Doris Betts; music direction by Jay Crowder
directed and choreographed by Jeff Calhoun
January 24-February 23, 2014

A touching story of hope, love and healing. In the early 1960s, a young woman travels across the South in search of a miracle. On her journey, she meets two young soldiers who help her learn about courage, beauty and her own self-worth. Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home; Caroline, or Change) returns with a dynamic score of bluegrass, gospel, country and rock. Directed by Tony-nominated Jeff Calhoun (Broadway’s Newsies). The New York Post called Violet "a truly charming and meaningful new American musical."

DATES: January 24 to February 23, 2014
Private Donor and Media Performance: January 29, at 7:30 p.m.

TIMES: Tuesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. (except January 25 and 26). Sunday, January 26, at 7:30 p.m. Matinee at 11 a.m. on February 6. Matinees scheduled at noon on February 13 and 20. 

LOCATION: Ford’s Theatre is located at 511 Tenth Street NW, Washington, D.C. (between E and F Streets).

TICKETS: Tickets to Violet at Ford’s Theatre range $15-$62 (fees apply). Discounts are available for groups, senior citizens, military personnel and those younger than 35. Visit www.fords.org for further details.

ACCESSIBILITY: Ford’s Theatre is accessible to persons with disabilities, offering wheelchair-accessible seating and restrooms, and audio enhancement.

Audio-described performances of Violet are Tuesday, February 4, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, February 15, 2014, at 2 p.m. A sign-interpreted performance is scheduled for Thursday, February 13, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. A captioned performance is scheduled for Saturday, February 22, 2014, at 2 p.m.

Following the evening performance of Violet on February 8, talk theatre with fellow fans and Violet cast members, including Erin Driscoll (Violet) and James Gardiner (Monty), who will be on hand to share their stories. This event takes place at the restaurant Bistro D’Oc (518 Tenth Street NW) located just across the street from Ford’s Theatre. A cash bar will be available. Tickets to the February 8 performance are not required

As part of Destination DC’s Date Nights promotion, patrons who use code DATE50 can get two-for-one rear orchestra tickets to Violet. The musical’s story of hope and love makes for the perfect backdrop to your date night this February. Offer good on performances through Feb. 23. Violet tickets and information available at www.fords.org/event/violet.

Tickets at www.fords.org and Ticketmaster: (800) 982-2787
Information: (202) 347-4833 Groups: (202) 638-2367