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The Violet Hour

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In this new play by the Tony Award-winning playwright of Take Me Out, a fledgling (and upper-class) World War I-era publisher is trying to decide which work to choose as his imprint's first title. He has two manuscripts but lacks the funds to publish both. His difficult decision—whether to publish his lover's memoir or the novel written by his best friend—is further complicated by the arrival of a mysterious machine that produces pages predicting the future of the play's protagonists, affecting their lives and ...

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Overview

In this new play by the Tony Award-winning playwright of Take Me Out, a fledgling (and upper-class) World War I-era publisher is trying to decide which work to choose as his imprint's first title. He has two manuscripts but lacks the funds to publish both. His difficult decision—whether to publish his lover's memoir or the novel written by his best friend—is further complicated by the arrival of a mysterious machine that produces pages predicting the future of the play's protagonists, affecting their lives and relationships in haunting and unexpected ways. The Violet Hour opened on Broadway on November 6, 2003, starring Robert Sean Leonard.

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Editorial Reviews

NY Times
A wonderful new work...of serious whimsy, of glittering style and dark substance...THE VIOLET HOUR balances heights of wit with depths of feeling.
Variety
May just be Greenberg's finest...The play is continually amusing, but also deeply touching.
Chicago Sun-Times
Richard Greenberg's luminous, mysterious, emotionally churning tragicomedy, THE VIOLET HOUR, is a wondrous piece of work...This is the kind of bewitching play that makes theater a world unto itself.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780571211845
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber
  • Publication date: 2/17/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 946,446
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.16 (h) x 0.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Greenberg is the author of The Dazzle and several other plays. He lives in New York City.

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