Street Theatre presents musical Violet
Biracial love set in 1964 South

The cast of Violet, playing at the Street Theatre.

The cast of Violet, playing at the Street Theatre.

Street Theatre Company brings Nashville the premiere of the musical Violet. Set in 1964 in the Deep South during the early days of the Civil Rights Movement, Violet, with a book by Brian Crawley, music by Jeanine Tesori, and lyrics by Brian Crawley, follows the enlightenment of a bitter young woman accidentally scarred by her father. In hopes that a TV evangelist can cure her, she embarks on a journey by bus. Along the way, she meets a young Black soldier who teaches her about beauty, love, courage and what it means to be an outsider.

While originally produced Off-Broadway in the mid-nineties, Violet is coincidentally set to make its Broadway premiere this April at the Roundabout Theatre Company. Violet is based on the book The Ugliest Pilgrim, and explores the universal human experience of feeling figuratively ugly, lonely or scarred by giving Violet a literal scar to overcome.

In the process, Violet takes a journey to discover who she really is and what real beauty means. The cast features a number of Nashville professional artists including Cathy Street as Violet, Randy Craft as Monty, DeVon Buchanan as Flick, and introducing Virginia Richardson as Young Violet. Violet features direction by Jason Tucker and musical direction by Rollie Mains.

Violet runs April 25 through May 4 with tickets ranging from $18 to $24 plus a pay-what-you-can option on every Sunday show. For more information, special events, and to purchase tickets, visit www.streettheatrecompany.org. Performances are at Street Theatre, 1933 Elm Hill Pike, just off Briley Parkway. For more information, call 615-554-7414. Street Theatre Company is supported by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Street Theatre Company is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to fostering professional, affordable and accessible theatre, music and arts education in Nashville. Founded in 2004, the organization produces high quality performances and educational workshops, and provides artistic opportunities for young people.

For more information, visit www.streettheatrecompany.org