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November 26, 2017 – January 13, 2018


The Den Theatre, 1333 North Milwaukee Ave., in Chicago. The Den Theatre’s Main-Stage.

Show & Ticket Info

Previews – November 26 – December 2, 2017
Regular Run – December 3 – January 13, 2018
Performances – Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm. Sunday at 3:00pm (one Saturday, matinee performance at 3pm on January 13, 2018)

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Tickets – $30 – $42.


Book & Lyrics by Brian Crawley
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Directed by Scott Weinstein

Based on the short story “The Ugliest Pilgrim” by Doris Betts, this award-winning musical fuses a powerful rock, folk and gospel score. With a ticket, a suitcase and a heart full of expectation, Violet Karl, facially disfigured since childhood, boards a bus and travels across the deep south in 1964 to see if a faith healer can transform her life. Along the way, she forms unlikely friendships with her fellow passengers, who teach her about beauty, love and courage and that it’s the journeys you take in life that help you discover who you are.


John Cockerill – Music Direction
Kasey Alfonzo – Choreography
Lauren Nigri – Scenic Design
Izumi Inaba – Costume Design
Alex Ridgers – Lighting Design
Keegan Bradac – Sound Design
Jamie Karas – Properties Design
Catherine Allen – Production Manager
Laura McClain – Assistant Director/Dramaturg
Jon Ravenscroft – Stage Manager
Eleanor Axt – Casting Director


Stephen Allen – Flick
Connor Baty – Virgil
Bri Buckley – Music Hall Singer
Nick Druzbanski – Leroy
Sarah Hayes – Old Lady
Maya Hlava – Young Violet
Anthony Kayer – Preacher
Nicole Laurenzi – Violet
Will Lidke – Monty
Matt Miles – Father
LaShera Moore – Lula/Almeta


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