Wednesday, Aug 31, 2016 - Sunday, Sep 18, 2016 at Clarence Brown Theatre Mainstage

Music by Jeanine Tesori  •  Book and Lyrics by Brian Crawley
Based on The Ugliest Pilgrim by Doris Betts

August 31 – September 18  •  CBT Mainstage

Directed by Bill Jenkins

Filled with bluegrass, folk, and gospel tunes from one of the most vibrant composers in modern musical theatre.

Scarred in a farm accident, Violet takes a bus to Tulsa — via Johnson City, Kingsport, Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis — to be healed by an evangelical preacher. On the way, she learns the real meaning of love, courage, and beauty.

Recommended for ages 13 and up. Contains some adult language.

Ticket Pricing

Seating Chart


Jelani Alladin ‡


Johnna Allen ‡

Old Lady / Hotel Hooker / Ensemble

Micah-Shane Brewer ‡

Preacher / Radio Singer / Bus Driver 1 and 4 / Ensemble

Tracey Copeland Halter ‡

Music Hall Singer / Bus Passenger / Ensemble

Robert Parker Jenkins

Leroy Evans / Radio Soloist / Bus Driver 3 / Bus Passenger / Ensemble

Presley Keith

Young Violet

David Kortemeier ‡


Charlotte Munson ‡


Benjamin Pratt

Virgil / Billy Dean / Bus Driver 2 / Radio Singer / Bus Passenger / Ensemble

Yolanda Treece ‡

Landlady / Lula Buffington / Passenger/Ensemble

Artistic Team

Bill Jenkins ◊


Terry Silver-Alford

Musical Director

Christopher Pickart ¤

Scenic Designer

Miwa Ishii

Costume Designer

Tannis Kapell

Lighting Designer

Matthew Tibbs ¤

Sound Designer

Maranda DeBusk

Projection Designer

Christie Zimmerman


Tyler Smith


Charles R. Miller

Dialect Coach

Patrick Lanczki ‡

Stage Manager

Kara Eble Trusty ‡

Assistant Stage Manager

‡ Appears through the courtesy of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. ◊ Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union. ¤ Represented by United Scenic Artists, local USA-829 of the IATSE.

“Violet” press release (pdf)

“Violet” dramaturg notes (pdf) – by Tyler Smith