|Image courtesy of the Guthrie|
These are the elements of Violet, a musical with book and lyrics by Brian Crawley and music by Jeanine Tesori, that opened at the Guthrie Saturday night. In the span of two hours, the actors of Theater Latte Da delve into emotional pain and the strength that springs despite--or perhaps because--of it. The title character bears the mark of a wayward hatchet across her cheek and nose, and the internal scars to match. On a voyage to Tennessee to visit a televangelist who she believes can make her pretty, Violet meets two soldiers who help her learn about herself.