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JOHN: "So if we're...lost and...ecstatic...it's because we have lost so much...and have everything to gain...and will gain it."

Jeffrey Grimm as John and Amber Wolfe as Jessie in ReAct's The Violet Hour.
Photo: David Hsieh.


The Cast

(in order of appearance)

Gidger
ShawnJ West
John Pace Seavering
Jeffrey Grimm
Denis McCleary
Andrew J. Peterson
Jessie Brewster
Amber Wolfe
Rosamund Plinth
Emjoy Gavino


GIDGER: "...eighty years from now, there are going to be signs in the lobby that say WARNING: THIS PLAY CONTAINS CIGARETTE SMOKING, so we don't have a minute to lose."

The cast in the final scene of ReAct's The Violet Hour.
Photo: David Hsieh.


Directed by
David Hsieh


ROSAMUND: "You are the only thing in the world I've ever ever loved, you know."

Andrew J. Peterson as Denny and Emjoy Gavino as Rosamund in a moment from ReAct's The Violet Hour.
Photo: David Hsieh.


The Crew

Stage Manager
Rachel Rene
Scenic Designer
Gregory Martin Heinzle
Lighting Designer
Lynne Ellis
Costumer
Jason Simms
Sound Operator
Mandy Bowyer
Properties & Box Office Manager
David Hsieh
Box Office
Heidi Card
Lorna Chin
Ellen Dessler
Marilyn Gonzalez
Edward Tonai
Leslie Jean Warner


ROSAMUND: "There's nothing treacherous about foresight, John...It doesn't lessen the force of love...or taint its quality. All anyone is thinking of is happiness..."

Emjoy Gavino as Rosamund with Jeffrey Grimm as John in ReAct's The Violet Hour.
Photo: David Hsieh.


Reviews

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>>Capitol Hill Times
>>Seattle Times
>>Seattle Gay News
>>The Stranger
>>Seattle Post Intelligencer
>>Patron Comments


JOHN: "You lied."
JESSIE: "...What have you got there?"
JOHN: "You lied to me..."

Amber Wolfe as Jessie with Jeffrey Grimm as John in a scene from Act 2 of ReAct's The Violet Hour.
Photo: David Hsieh.

 
"THE VIOLET HOUR" GRAPHIC
by Stewart A. Williams

The Violet Hour


By Richard Greenberg

July 14 - August 7, 2005
The Richard Hugo House



ROSAMUND: "Does life ever become transparent for you?"
Emjoy Gavino as Rosamund and
Jeffrey Grimm as John in
ReAct's The Violet Hour.
Photo: David Hsieh.

 

JOHN: "Well. I've read your book with great interest."
JESSIE: "I was hoping you had."
Amber Wolfe as Jessie with
Jeffrey Grimm as John in
ReAct's The Violet Hour.
Photo: David Hsieh.


The Program

The Setting

John Pace Seavering's office in a Manhattan tower. April 1, 1919.

ACT 1
Early afternoon.

ACT 2
Scene 1: Hours later.
Scene 2: Early evening.


ROSAMUND: "I said to Denny: What a marvelous greeting from a publishing house...."
Emjoy Gavino, ShawnJ West
and Andrew J. Peterson in
a scene from ReAct's
The Violet Hour.
Photo: David Hsieh.

 

DENNY: "But the thing is, I love the world so much...so much..."
JOHN: "Yes, I know that about you."
Andrew J. Peterson as Denny
and Jeffrey Grimm as John in
ReAct's The Violet Hour.
Photo: David Hsieh.


The Violet Hour

was originally commissioned by the South Coast Repertory, where it received its world premiere on November 8, 2002. It was subsequently produced by the Steppenwolf Theatre Company on April 17, 2003. The New York premiere took place on November 6, 2003 at the Biltmore Theatre. It was produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club.

Production Notes

Director's Notes

"The Violet Hour." It's that special time when the evening approaches to reward you for the day. Itís also the charming new play by Richard Greenberg, the Tony Award-winning playwright of Take Me Out as well as well as other prominent plays such as Eastern Standard, The Dazzle and Three Days of Rain to name a few.

Based loosely on the lives of historic lumimaries such as Maxwell Perkins, Josephine Baker and Zelda and F.Scott Fitzgerald...this thought-provoking work is part period melodrama, part romance, part fantasy. It poses the central question: What would you do if you could peer at the future?

JOHN: "It's the funniest thing, Denny: I call myself a publisher, and people believe it. They send me things..."
in a moment from
ReAct's The Violet Hour.
Photo: David Hsieh.

As we journey into our own new century...how will our lives be remembered? Will we be remembered at all? Have the worst things of this century already happened? Can we change our destinies? Time will be the ultimate arbiter - for what seems true today may prove false tomorrow, and what one generation accepts as fact, may be considered false by another. Best to just live and cherish our moments with a certain gaiety of spirit and hope for a better tomorrow, tempered by the remembrance of all that we have lost and the dreams of all we have yet to gain. We hope you enjoy the show.

--David Hsieh, Director of The Violet Hour

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ReAct's production of The Violet Hour was produced by special arrangement with DRAMATISTS PLAY SERVICE, INC.


Special Thanks To...

ArtsWest for loaned costumes
The Cast & Crew for production support and loaned costumes
Lorna Chin for production support
Angela DiMarco for transportation and production support
The Elliott Bay Book Company for promotional support
Brian Flora & Anneleen Severynen for production support
George Paul Glanzman for production support
Melvin Inouye for transportation support
Intiman for donated rehearsal space
Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs for production support
Queen Anne/Magnolia Neighborhood Service Center for donated rehearsal space
Eldon Tam & the Richard Hugo House for production support
Stewart A. Williams for donated graphic design services

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Photo Gallery

JOHN: "This is the way a new office is supposed to look..."
GIDGER: "If your mother could see what this place...if MY mother could see what this place..."
ShawnJ West as Gidger with
Jeffrey Grimm as John in
the opening scene of
ReAct's The Violet Hour.
Photo: David Hsieh.

 

GIDGER: "Mr. Denis -one 'N': the Irish - McCleary is here, Mr. Seavering. He's burst in, unannounced, brash like all his tribe, hours in advance of his appointment. Just in case you actually believed this was a REAL office."
ShawnJ West as Gidger with
Andrew J. Peterson as Denny and
Jeffrey Grimm as John in
ReAct's The Violet Hour.
Photo: David Hsieh.

DENNY: "Oh, I adore you!"
Amber Wolfe as Jessie with
Andrew J. Peterson as Denny and
Jeffrey Grimm as John in
ReAct's The Violet Hour.
Photo: David Hsieh.

JOHN: "We need to find those tickets.":
GIDGER: "Choke on them!"
ShawnJ West as Gidger and
Jeffrey Grimm as John in
ReAct's The Violet Hour.
Photo: David Hsieh.

JOHN: "You can't do that...you can't make yourself into something you're not."
JESSIE: "That is the only truly stupid thing I've ever heard you say."
Amber Wolfe as Jessie with
Jeffrey Grimm as John in
ReAct's The Violet Hour.
Photo: David Hsieh.

 

DENNY: "Will you publish it?"
JOHN: "Denny, it's about twenty-five books..."
DENNY: "No, it has a title. Once a thing has a title, it's single."
Andrew J. Peterson as Denny and
Jeffrey Grimm as John in
ReAct's The Violet Hour.
Photo: David Hsieh.

DENNY: "It's that time...that wonderful Mew York hour when the evening's about to reward you for the day."
Andrew J. Peterson as Denny and
Jeffrey Grimm as John in
a moment from ReAct's
The Violet Hour.
Photo: David Hsieh.

JESSIE: "It's not enough to be famous to a few dozen drunks in evening cloths who condescend to worship me. I want my life known. I want to publish my life. I want to nail it into people's heads."
Jeffrey Grimm as John and
Amber Wolfe as Jessie in
a scene from Act 1 of
ReAct's The Violet Hour.
Photo: David Hsieh.

JOHN: "Letter to John Pace Seavering from Denis McCleary. Dated 12 June 1936"
DENNY: "Dear John:
How sad it must make you to see my return address on an envelope these days!"
Jeffrey Grimm as John with
Andrew J. Peterson as Denny in
the letter scene of ReAct's
The Violet Hour.
Photo: David Hsieh.

 

ROSAMUND: "You are terribly sweet, you young men. All the ruthless young men. All Tender and hard-boiled..."
Emjoy Gavino as Rosamund
with Jeffrey Grimm as John in
ReAct's The Violet Hour.
Photo: David Hsieh.

 

ROSAMUND: "Tell me: is it because you want him for yourself?"
Emjoy Gavino as Rosamund and
Jeffrey Grimm as John in a
scene from Act 2 of ReAct's
The Violet Hour.
Photo: David Hsieh.

DENNY: "...What can we do?"
ROSAMUND: "There's nothing to be done."
Emjoy Gavino with Andrew
J. Peterson as Rosamund and
Denny in a scene from ReAct's
The Violet Hour.
Photo: David Hsieh.

 

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