The Violet Hour

Opened: November 6, 2003
Closing: December 21, 2003

The Violet Hour - 2003 - Broadway History , Info & More

Biltmore Theatre
261-5 West 47th St. New York, NY

It's April 1st, 1919, and the young independent publisher John Pace Seavering is setting up his office. With only enough capital to put out one book, John finds himself besieged by two authors. Denny McCleary, John's brash and gifted college friend, has produced a manuscript so unruly it lives in a trio of crates. He's fallen in love with the enchanting heiress Rosamund Plinth, and if John doesn't agree to publish his book today, he'll lose her forever. But John is also being strenuously lobbied by Jessie Brewster, the popular black jazz singer who is also John's very secret mistress. She's written her memoirs and is determined to have her story known. As John temporizes with these two, another drama is playing out in the anteroom: A machine of mysterious provenance and purpose has arrived and is spewing out stacks of pages while John's hapless assistant, Gidger, strives vainly to stem the flood and leaves John to ponder if knowing the future will allow him to change it? THE VIOLET HOUR was commissioned and originally produced by South Coast Repertory, and had its Broadway debut in November, 2003.

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The Violet Hour has had 2 productions including Broadway which opened in 2003 and Broadway which opened in 2003.
The Violet Hour has been nominated for Outstanding Lighting Design at the Drama Desk Awards. The nomination was for Donald Holder.
The Violet Hour has won the Outstanding Lighting Design award at the Drama Desk Awards for Donald Holder.



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