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Violet

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 31 2016

WEDNESDAY, JULY 20–SUNDAY, JULY 31

VIOLET

In "The Ugliest Pilgrim," Doris Betts's short story, and in Violet, Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley's Broadway musical adaptation, a young woman travels by bus from her home in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, to Tulsa, Oklahoma, in search of a cure for a scar. It's 1964, and the characters she meets along the way bring her into contact with issues of civil rights and economic strife, powerful currents of Southern religion, and a smorgasbord of American musical vernaculars. Her experience will in fact transfigure her—but perhaps not quite in the way she was expecting. The high school kids in PlayMakers Rep's Summer Youth Conservatory are producing Violet with director/choreographer Matthew Steffens, and the material, though historical, should be a fine testing ground for some of the brightest young regional actors of tomorrow. —Brian Howe

PAUL GREEN THEATRE, CHAPEL HILLVarious times, $15, www.playmakersrep.org

Price: $15

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