San Diego REPertory Theatre Presents ‘Violet’

San Diego REPertory Theatre Presents ‘Violet’
June, 2015 Client News

SAN DIEGO – August 15, 2015 – San Diego REPertory Theatre (San Diego REP) presents “Violet,” a modern fairy tale musical composed by 2015 Tony Award Winner Jeanine Tesori, based on “The Ugliest Pilgrim” by Doris Betts. The winner of the Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical, “Violet” is a production filled with show-stopping anthems of the 1960’s American south. Previews begin Aug. 20, 2015. Opening night is Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015 on the Lyceum Stage.

Violet has been scarred most of her life. At age 13, a freak accident left her face disfigured. As she matures in the hills of North Carolina, Violet dreams of becoming beautiful. Her faith convinces her that a televangelist in Tulsa can heal her. As she turns 25, Violet hops a bus and begins the journey towards what she is sure will be a miraculous transformation. On the road Violet discovers the true meaning of beauty – what can be seen and can’t. “’Violet’ is the story of an outsider seeking her place at the table,” says Sam Woodhouse, REP artistic director who is also directing the production. “The main character sets off in search of finding beauty in herself, it’s a deep American story about faith, healing, the desire for transformation and how the desire to be beautiful informs our lives.”

The vibrant score features country, blues, gospel and honky-tonk rock from one of most applauded composers of contemporary musical theatre, Jeanine Tesori (“Caroline Or Change,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Shrek The Musical”), who just won the 2015 Tony Award for “Fun Home” (Best Musical Score). The San Diego REP production features Hannah Corrigan as Violet, and Katelyn Katz as Young Violet, Jason Maddy as Father, Jacob Caltrider as Monty, Rhett George as Flick, Melinda Gilb as Old Lady and Hotel Hooker, Jason Heil as Preacher, Anise Ritchie as Musical Hall Singer, Tanika Baptiste as Landlady and Gospel Soloist, Bryan Banville as Billy Dean, Waiter and Radio Singer, and Kürt Norby as Leroy, Waiter, Radio Singer and Earl.

Production and Design team includes: Sam Woodhouse (Director), Korrie Palliotto (Musical Director), Javier Velasco (Choreographer), Guilio Perrone (Scenic Design), Jeanie Reith (Costume Design, Trevor Norton (Lighting Design), Kevin Anthenill (Sound and Projection Design), Patrice Amon (Dramaturg), Jacole Kitchen (Casting Director), and John Anderson (Production Manager).

“Violet” is the 289th production produced by San Diego REPertory Theatre and is the first production of the company’s 40th season.

San Diego REPertory Theatre Presents
The Drama Critics’ Circle Award Winning Musical
by 2014 Tony Award Winning Composer Jeanine Tesori
Based on “The Ugliest Pilgrim” by Doris Betts
Lyrics and Book by Brian Crawley
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Directed by Sam Woodhouse

Previews: Thursday, Aug. 20 – Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015
Opening Night: Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015
Closing Night: Sept. 13, 2015

Hannah Corrigan
Katelyn Katz
Jason Maddy
Jacob Caltrider
Rhett George
Melinda Gilb
Jason Heil
Anise Ritchie
Tanika Baptiste
Bryan Banville
Kürt Norby

Monday: No performances
Tuesday (first week only) at 7 p.m.
Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets start at $36 to $75 / Students $18 / Military $20
Discounts for groups and seniors available.
San Diego REP Box Office (619) 544-1000
For group sales, call Vaughn Rainwater at (619) 231-3586 ext. 617.
Tickets available for purchase online at
Four hours free parking in the Horton Plaza Garage with validation at the theatre.

Lyceum Stage at San Diego REPertory Theatre
79 Horton Plaza San Diego, Calif. 92101-6144

Calling all curious souls to the Lyceum Theatre lobby for these fabulous free pre- and post-show events. If you want to see the show, purchase a ticket at our box office.

Talkin’ Theatre With Todd
Thursday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. (before the 8 p.m. show)

Join Todd Salovey, associate artistic director, San Diego REPertory Theatre, and members of the “Violet” creative team as they share the inside story of the creative process that brought this extraordinary musical to the stage. Salovey’s guests are Sam Woodhouse, San Diego REPertory Theatre artistic director and “Violet,” stage director, Korrie Paliotto, music director “Violet,” and Adira Rosen, assistant to the director.

Live in Concert: The Pizarro Brothers
Friday, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. (before the 8 p.m. show) and Sunday, Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. (before the 7 p.m. show)

Homeschooled in San Diego and raised with an appreciation and love for music, brothers Dominic and Angelo Pizarro began studying classical music when they were 3-1/2 years old. With encouragement from their mother and grandfather, the boys continued their zest for the classics while developing a passion for jazz and pop. Their amazing skills on the keyboard led to them opening for Marvin Hamlisch in 2010. Discover a pair of talents you will never forget when the young brothers perform a mini-concert of multi-genre selections.

Breakthrough Workshop Theatre
Saturday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. (before the 8 p.m. show)

This education focused theatre company presents Jonathan Dor’s short play, “Thank You for Flushing My Head in the Toilet and other rarely used expressions”. Directed by Ira Bauer-Spector, this powerful new work about the effects of bullying offers a potent reflection on the universal need for inter-personal connections.

Live: Matt Young
Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. (before the 7 p.m. show)

Just like Violet learned how to play cards from her father as a girl, Magic Matt Young is a professional magician who has been playing with cards since he was a boy. He joins us to dazzle you with his card tricks and sleight of hand. Magic Matt discovered his love of magic nearly 30 years ago. His fascination with the age-old craft continues. For the past four years, Magic Matt has been the resident magician at the annual Sawdust Festival and Sawdust Winter Fantasy in Laguna Beach.

Sam’s Salon: Today and Yesterday
Thursday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. (before the 8 p.m. show)

The quests for equality, dignity, justice, self realization and the resulting conflicts that were central to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s are also central to the story of the musical “Violet”. Sam Woodhouse, artistic director, San Diego REPertory Theatre hosts leaders of the National Conflict Resolution Center for a unique conversation that will explore how individuals and communities solve conflicts with civility that fosters dignity and equality.

Meet the Artists
Friday, Aug. 28 (after the 8 p.m. show)
After the show, join the cast of Violet for an open discussion of the work onstage. Bring your questions and comments. Hosted by Jacole Kitchen, casting director, San Diego REPertory Theatre.

First Impressions: Live Music by the Afrojazziacs and Gallery Artists
Saturday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. (before the 8 p.m. show)
What could be better than live music, drinks, culinary delights and a chance to mingle and meet the Platt College artists who created the work on the walls of the Lyceum Gallery? Enjoy music by the stylin’ musicians of the group Afrojazziacs while you discover the art and the artists who are featured in the exhibit.

Documentary Screening: The Colour of Beauty
Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 6 p.m. (before the 7 p.m. show)
The young woman Violet is convinced she is not beautiful because of a scar on her face caused by an accident when she was 13. “The Colour of Beauty” is a shocking, short documentary examining racism in the fashion industry. It follows Renee Thompson, a top fashion model in New York City who has the looks, the walk and the drive, but she’s a black model in a world where white women represent the standard of beauty. Is a black model less attractive to designers, casting directors and consumers? What is the color of beauty?

Throwback Thursday: Tagswag Photo Edition
Thursday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. (before the 8 p.m. show)
“Violet” is the opening production of our 40th Anniversary Season! We’ve been making memories for four decades of productions, 289 to be exact, so we have a props and storage closet full of memories, and we want to share them with you. Try on a costume piece or prop you recognize from past shows, and get a Tagswag souvenir photo!

REP Your Pride: Meet the LGBT Editors
Friday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. (before the 8 p.m. show)
We are thrilled to debut our new LGBT Surround Event series with a rare chance to meet the editors who shape and deliver news in San Diego. Current San Diego Uptown News and Mission Valley News editor Ken Williams was the editor in chief at San Diego Gay & Lesbian News for five years. Morgan Hurley is the editor at Gay San Diego. Learn about the journey each has taken to secure a voice in our diverse community in a conversation hosted by Danielle Ward, literary manager, San Diego REPertory Theatre. Sponsored by: GAY SAN DIEGO

Amigos Testify!
Saturday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. (before the 8 p.m. show)
Amigos Del REP are putting the good word to the street in this revival style meeting complete with songs, sounds and inspirational words sure to lift your spirit and move your soul. Come on down and testify!

Unearth the Spirit
In the Lyceum Gallery
Delve beneath the surface into the heart and spirit of the human psyche. Platt College San Diego presents a montage of artistic notions that explore individual awareness through the various media of visual arts, graphic design, digital photography, collages, paintings and other multi-media techniques. Embark on a journey of self-discovery mused by self-impressionistic images.

San Diego REPertory Theatre (San Diego REP) produces intimate, exotic, provocative theatre. We promote a more inclusive community through vivid works that nourish progressive political and social values and celebrate the multiple voices of our region. Founded in 1976, San Diego REPertory Theatre is downtown San Diego’s resident theatre, promoting a more inclusive community through work that nourishes progressive political and social values. The company produces and hosts over 300 events and performances year-round on its three stages at the Lyceum Theatre. Since moving to the Lyceum, the REP has produced 45 main stage productions by Latino playwrights, and more than 40 world premieres. The company has received more than 200 awards for artistic excellence from the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle, Patté Theatre Awards, NAACP, Backstage West, Dramalogue, and StageSceneLA. In 2005, the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle presented the REP with the Craig Noel Award “For 30 Years of Artistic Dedication to Downtown and Diversity.” San Diego REPertory Theatre feeds the curious soul. To learn more about San Diego REPertory Theatre, to purchase tickets, or make a donation, visit Join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.