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The Violet Hour: A Play
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 comp ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published February 17th 2004 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
(first published 2004)
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This play covers some of the same metaphorical ground as Tom Stoppard's "Arcadia". It does not share, plot-wise, the same material, but rather the questions about foreknowledge, free-will, and whether anything we do can change what has been laid out for us. The play has been described by many reviewers as whimsical, and it is, but it is exactly that sense of lightness which gives this play its gravity. This is a good play for anyone seeking to discuss larger philosophical questions of how our pa ...more
Interesting statement about knowing the future. If you know everything that will happen, will you change what you do? I like that it takes place in a publishing environment because I like to read. I also saw this play performed in Los Angeles, and so it does translate well into live text.