The character: Violet Weston, the emotionally abusive matriarch of a sprawling Oklahoma family. Who played her onstage: Deanna Dunagan originated the role in the Steppenwolf Theatre Company's production in Chicago in 2007, eventually winning a Tony Award on Broadway. She later appeared in the London and Australia productions of the Tracy Letts play. Estelle Parsons played Violet in the U.S. national tour, which came to the Ahmanson Theatre in L.A. in 2009.
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