The limited five-show engagement is a fundraiser for his not-for-profit theatre company, which is devoted to contemporary and new works, including plays by Michigan and Midwestern writers. The performances occur during a summer hiatus of the Broadway hit God of Carnage; the play by Yasmina Reza takes a break after the July 26 performance at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre and resumes there Sept. 8.
Daniels (executive director and PRTC founder) will appear in his first-ever summer Onstage & Unplugged event on the PRTC stage. The performance has been popular with audiences during the winter holiday season since 2001. The ongoing popularity of the event led Daniels begin booking performances nationally in 2006, and he continues to make appearance across the country. A prolific songwriter as well as playwright, "Daniels performs solo with blues guitar and an arsenal of songs that are alternately humorous and poignant."
Sales of Daniels' critically acclaimed albums — many recorded during past PRTC performances — benefit The Purple Rose Theatre Company and are available for sale at the PRTC Box Office or at www.jeffdaniels.com.
The current PRTC production, the world premiere of Wake by Carey Crim, was originally scheduled to run through Aug. 29; however, the closing date for this production has been moved to Aug. 22 to allow for this special one-week summer engagement of Onstage & Unplugged.
The production team for Onstage & Unplugged will include Dana Gamarra as stage manager and Gary Ciarkowski as lighting designer and audio engineer. Tickets for this special appearance of Onstage & Unplugged go on sale to the general public beginning Aug. 10; annual donors of $250 or more may pre-order tickets beginning Monday, July 27.
Advance reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the PRTC box office at (734) 433-ROSE (7673).
Tickets will also be available for purchase at www.purplerosetheatre.org.