The Violet Hour

Fall 2006
Experimental Production
Richard Greenberg
Date of run: 
Thursday, October 12, 2006 (All day) to Saturday, October 14, 2006 (All day)
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“A wonderful new work…of serious whimsy, of glittering style and dark substance…THE VIOLET HOUR balances heights of wit with depths of feeling.” —The New York Times

It’s April 1st, 1919, and the young independent publisher John Pace Seavering is setting up his office: a couple of dilapidated rooms in a romantic Manhattan tower. 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. Denny has a surprise imperative: 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. What’s written on these pages will throw John’s every hope and plan into disarray. (Summary courtesy of Dramatists’ Play Service)

Susie Kemple
Yotam Barkai
Stage Manager: 
Saskia Leggett
Lighting Designer: 
Gershon Dublon
Set Designer: 
Emily Appelbaum
Sound Designer: 
Liam Andrew
Costume Designer: 
Lily Rothman
Graphic Designer: 
Sarah Holdren
Props Master: 
Henry Chan
Master Electrician: 
Ian Tattersall
Technical Director: 
Dave Rawson
Alison Adams
Sound Engineer: 
Ian Walker
Member & Role: 
Alyssa Simmons - Associate Producer
Melanie Kier - Assistant Producer
Isaac Durand - Assistant Stage Manager
Emma Griffin - Assistant Stage Manager
Keiji Ishiguri - Assistant Stage Manager
Sophie Wolfram - Assistant Lighting Designer
Sarah Fieber - Head Scenic Painter
Elysa Chao - Sets Crew
Zoelle Egner - Sets Crew
Amanda Feurstein - Sets Crew
Davita Scarlett - Sets Crew
Valerie Cervantes - Electrics Crew
Alex Hemmer - Electrics Crew
Katherine Rosenfeld - Electrics Crew
Emmett Zackheim - Electrics Crew
Katherine Rosenfeld - Sound Crew
Eric Sauerhoff - Sound Crew
O'Hagan Blades - Paint Crew
Eric Bloom - Paint Crew
Zoelle Egner - Paint Crew
Chris Mackey - Paint Crew
Ali Van - Paint Crew
Sophie Wolfram - Paint Crew
Erin Capistrano - Costume Crew
Zoelle Egner - Costume Crew
Avital Rutenberg-Schoenberg - Costume Crew
Rachel Sturm - Light Board Operator
Lex Kiefhaber - Sound Board Operator
Actor / Actress & Role: 
Chad Callaghan - John Pace Seavering
Lee Seymour - Denis McCleary
Natalie Paul - Jessie Brewster
Alexandra Trow - Rosamund Plinth
Andrew Ash - Gidger
Assistant Director: 
Maggie Burrows
Elizabeth Sebesky