Daniels has yet to act in a play at his Equity theatre in Chelsea, 60 miles west of Detroit, but this marks the second time he's sat to sing his own songs and tell stories in an evening called Onstage & Unplugged. The actor-writer plays eight performances of the show, using acoustic guitar and singing songs both poignant and funny. Proceeds go to PRTC's operating budget. (Last year's version of the show sold out.) Daniels' most recent play, Across the Way, ended its Purple Rose run Dec. 21. It was selected as a finalist for the American Theatre Critics Association Steinberg New Play Award, for new work produced outside New York City. Daniels told Playbill On-Line earlier this year that he created Purple Rose in 1991 to support and nurture Michigan actors. Over the years the theatre has blossomed to be a kind of Circle Repertory Company of the Midwest, devoted to new American plays, particularly the Midwest playwright (including the likes of Missouri-bred Lanford Wilson, who was commissioned by Purple Rose to write two new plays). Daniels cut his teeth as a young professional actor in Circle Rep stagings in New York, including Wilson's Fifth of July. He also appeared on Broadway in Wilson's Redwood Curtain.
Tickets for the intimate evenings with Daniels are $45 $60. For information about cancellations or the PRTC season, visit www.purplerosetheatre.org or call (734) 433-ROSE.