In the Purple: The Violet Hour at Steppenwolf Extends to June 22

News   In the Purple: The Violet Hour at Steppenwolf Extends to June 22 Richard Greenberg's latest, The Violet Hour, has extended its stay at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company one week, until June 22. The show began April 17 and was to have closed June 15.

The Chicago run of The Violet Hour won an admiring review from the New York Times Ben Brantley on May 20. The play will be produced on Broadway by Manhattan Theatre Club this fall.

Greenberg is getting a seasoned quintet of actors. Josh Hamilton (Broadway's Proof, Off-Broadway's Gone Home) plays the central character of John Seavering Pace. Regular Steppenwolf player Tim Hopper (Broadway's Present Laughter, Off-Broadway's The Dying Gaul) is Gidger, his employee. Kate Arrington, who acted in Greenberg's Everett Beekin at Lincoln Center Theater, is Rosamund Plinth. Ora Jones and Kevin Stark, two Chicago theatre regulars, round out the cast as Jessie Brewster and Denis McCleary. Terry Kinney directs.

The Violet Hour takes place in the small New York City office of John Seavering Pace, a writer who, having made it through World War I, is ready to get on with the future. Unfortunately, he can't find his theatre tickets, and his decisions during the day will impact the lives of four others: his employee, two budding writers and his friend's fiance. Complicated matters further is a printing machine that spits out pages of prose from the future. Steppenwolf calls the play a "comic fantasy about fate, ambition and loyalty."

MTC will present The Violet Hour at its new Broadway home, The Biltmore Theatre, starting Oct. 16. Greenberg's Take Me Out is now running on Broadway. A separate staging of The Violet Hour had its world premiere at South Coast Repertory in fall 2002.

Tickets are $35-$55. Call (312) 335-1650.