Iron Hearted Violet

March 6 – 22, 2020

Suitable For AGES 7 & UP


Approximately 85 MINUTES with no intermission. Check back closer to opening night.

A Message about COVID-19

All remaining Performances of Iron Hearted Violet have been cancelled.

Based on the book by Kelly Barnhill
Newbery Medal Winning Author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon
Parent’s Choice Gold Award Book

Copyright © 2012 by Kelly Barnhill

“In most fairy tales, princesses are beautiful, dragons are terrifying, and stories are harmless. This isn’t most fairy tales.” When Princess Violet and her best friend Demetrius discover a forbidden book in a hidden room, they unknowingly release the evil Nybbas into their world. The two friends pair up with an ancient dragon to try and save their kingdom, but the wicked creature’s triumph or demise all depends on how the story is told. This enchanted tale by the Minneapolis-based, Newbery Winning author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon comes to life on our stage in an enthralling adventure about the power of stories to change the world.



Publicity Photos by Fischeye Films.


Photos by Fischeye Films.


Veronica Albee (Landon, Ensemble), Lucy Dreher (Nod), Grace Emo (Magician Alfred, Ensemble), Jack Gilbert (Farmer, Ensemble), Aymara Johnson (Moth), Christian B LaBissoniere (Cassian), Ella S Lynch (Baker, Scholar Rimi, Ensemble), Jacob Marckel (Butcher, Ensemble), Elena Middleton (Blacksmith, Ensemble), Alison Mitchell (Auntie), Natalie Mosakowski (Milliner, Ensemble), Sadie Nelson (Violet), Tanner Odd (General, Ensemble), Anya Panday (Lilan, Ensemble), Matt Wall (King Randall), Bea Winegarden (Demetrius), Abbi Wood (Advisor Wynfryn, Ensemble)m Ayah Youngmark (Marda)


Veronica Albee
(Landon, Ensemble)
Lucy Dreher
Grace Emo
(Magician Alfred, Ensemble)
Jack Gilbert
(Farmer, Ensemble)
Aymara Johnson
Christian B LaBissoniere
Ella S Lynch
(Baker, Scholar Rimi, Ensemble)
Jacob Marckel
(Butcher, Ensemble)
Elena Middleton
(Blacksmith, Ensemble)
Alison Mitchell
Natalie Mosakowski
(Milliner, Ensemble)
Sadie Nelson
Tanner Odd
(General, Ensemble)
Anya Panday
(Lilan, Ensemble)
Matt Wall
(King Randall)
Bea Winegarden
Abbi Wood
(Advisor Wynfryn, Ensemble)
Ayah Youngmark

Creative and Production Team

  • ARTISTIC DIRECTOR - Sandy Boren-Barrett
  • PLAYWRIGHT & DIRECTOR - Jeannine Coulombe
  • SET DESIGNER - Sarah Brandner
  • COSTUME & MAKE UP DESIGNER - Samantha Fromm Haddow
  • STAGE MANAGER - Kenji Shoemaker
  • SOUND BOARD OPERATOR - David Gamache
  • RUNNING CREW - Alana Nyberg and Keiran Winegarden
  • FIRST JOB IN THE ARTS APPRENTICES - Logan Baker, Val Fish and Isabelle Waggoner
  • CARPENTER - Bridget Gustafson
  • LIGHTING CREW - Talia Cohen, Trevor Zapiecki
  • MASTER ELECTRICIAN - Bridget Gustafson
  • SCENIC ARTIST - Cinde Ashley
  • VOLUNTEERS - Scott Brown, John Cardinal, Justin Decker, Louise Mollick, Ron Kline, Steve Skoro, Mariann Wolf



KELLY BARNHILL (AUTHOR) Kelly Barnhill writes books. It is a strange job, but, to be fair, she is a strange woman, so perhaps it makes sense. She is a former teacher, former bartender, former waitress, former activist, former park ranger, former secretary, former janitor and former church-guitar-player. The sum of these experiences have prepared her for exactly nothing – save for the telling of stories, which she has been doing quite happily for some time now. She received the Newbery Medal in 2017, as well as fellowships from the Jerome Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the McKnight Foundation. She is the winner of the World Fantasy Award, the Parents Choice Gold Award, the Texas Library Association Bluebonnet, and a Charlotte Huck Honor. She also was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award, the Andre Norton Award and the PEN/USA literary prize. She has been on the New York Times bestseller list for a bunch of weeks now, as well as the Indie Besteller list. She is the author of the novels THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON, THE WITCH’S BOY, IRON HEARTED VIOLET and THE MOSTLY TRUE STORY OF JACK, as well as the novella, “The Unlicensed Magician”. She has also written a bunch of grownup-ish short stories of various descriptions (Literary, Speculative, Odd and Otherwise) that have appeared in a variety of venues, as well as essays, poetry, and a small collection of very strange nonfiction books for elementary students. She is a teaching artist with COMPAS, a statewide community arts program. She has three completely fabulous children, an astonishingly talented husband (his name is Ted Barnhill and he designs beautiful and sustainable houses – including the one where her family lives – and he generally rules). She also teaches, freelances, volunteers, runs, canoes, camps, gardens (though badly), and hikes into the wilderness for days and days. She also bakes pie. It’s a pretty good life, actually. Courtesy of
JEANNINE COULOMBE (PLAYWRIGHT & DIRECTOR) - Jeannine Coulombe is a playwright and theatre artist based in Minnesota. Her original full-length plays include Homegrown, The Mill, Hummingbirds, The Vacant Lot, Planting Shelly Anne, The Road to Santiago and Broken Peaces. She has also written numerous shorter works, including Special Talents, Picture.Cigarette. Rose Beds, Mike and Ned, and Fish. Her adaptations of children’s literature include Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Starry River of the Sky both based on books by Grace Lin; Zen Shorts and Zen Ties based on books by Jon J. Muth and Crenshaw based on the book by Katherine Applegate and Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. In her adaptation of Mary Casanova’s One Dog Canoe, Jeannine wrote the musical’s book and adapted lyrics using the music from the Okee Dokee Brother’s album Can You Canoe? She has teamed up twice with composer Michael Gruber in the adaptations of I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt and the folktale Stone Soup where she wrote the book and co-authored the lyrics. Jeannine’s plays have been seen at Upright Citizens Brigade, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Manhattan Repertory, Producer’s Theatre, Stage Left, History Theatre, Stages Theatre Company, Synchronicity Theatre, Wheelock Family Theatre, Harwich Junior Theatre, Workhaus Collective, Theatre Unbound, Thirst Theatre, Minnesota Fringe, University of Iowa, University of Minnesota-Duluth, and A Theatre Group. Her work has been published by Dramatic Publishing, Smith & Kraus, and Heinemann. Ms. Coulombe won the University of Iowa’s IRAM Award for Best New Play (Hummingbirds), the Maebaum Award (The Mill) and the National AIDS Fund CFDA-Vogue Initiative Award from the Kennedy Center (The Vacant Lot.) She received her MFA from the University of Iowa’s Playwrights Workshop and her BFA in Theatre and BA in History from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. In addition to playwriting, Ms. Coulombe produced theatre in the Twin Cities for over twenty years. She was a founding member of the Workhaus Playwrights Collective, an ensemble of nationally known Minneapolis-based playwrights who produced innovative and highly theatrical work for a decade as the company-in-residence at the Playwrights' Center. She was also a founding member of Theatre Unbound, a company in the Twin Cities that has been producing challenging female-centered work since 1998. Currently, Jeannine is the Manager of New Play Development and the Conservatory Director at Stages Theatre Company. In addition to playwriting, she works as a director and dramaturg.