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New York City Center goes Off-Broadway with Encores! Off-Center, a new musical theater series led by artistic director Jeanine Tesori. Off-Center features seminal Off-Broadway musicals filtered through the lens of today's most innovative artists.
Based on the short story "The Ugliest Pilgrim" by Doris Betts, Violet is set in 1964 in the Deep South during the early days of the Civil Rights Movement. It follows a young woman, accidentally scarred by her father, who travels to Oklahoma in hopes that a TV evangelist can cure her. Along the way, she meets a young black soldier who teaches her about beauty, love, courage and what it means to be an outsider. Violet opened Off-Broadway for a limited run at Playwrights Horizons on March 11, 1997. It won the Obie Award, Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Musical, and Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical.
Venue Description: Built in 1943, NY City Center was Manhattan's first performing arts center, dedicated by Mayor Fiorello La Guardia. Today, City Center is home to many distinguished companies, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, City Center's Principal Dance Company, as well as Manhattan Theatre Club and New York City Opera; a roster of renowned national and international visiting artists; and its own critically acclaimed and popular programs, including the Tony-honored Encores! musical theater series, Encores! Off-Center, the annual Fall for Dance Festival, and more.