MI's Purple Rose Will Premiere Two New Plays in 2009, and Revive a Favorite

News   MI's Purple Rose Will Premiere Two New Plays in 2009, and Revive a Favorite The Purple Rose Theatre Company, the Equity company founded in 1991 by Jeff Daniels in his hometown of Chelsea, MI, will offer four productions in 2008-09, starting in October with a revival of Daniels' PRTC hit, Apartment 3A.

The slate also includes A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams; Bleeding Red, a world premiere by Michael Brian Ogden; and Wake, a world premiere by Carey Crim. PRTC has championed emerging playwrights, particularly Midwestern voices, since its founding in 1991.

In the 12 years since the PRTC world-premiere production of Apartment 3A, the romantic comedy "has aged like fine wine to become funnier and more relevant for the new century," according to PRTC notes. In it, "Annie Wilson, director of fund-raising for Public Broadcasting Channel 68, is faced with a series of personal and professional predicaments. In an effort to spice up her life, Annie chooses a new apartment in a different neighborhood and befriends a mysterious next-door neighbor who may hold the secret to a brighter future."

PRTC artistic director Guy Sanville will direct a cast that includes Matthew David, PRTC associate artist Michael Brian Ogden, PRTC associate artist Rhiannon Ragland and Will David Young. It will play Oct. 16-Dec. 20.

Streetcar, the poetic portrait of a faded Southern belle, will be directed by Sanville and feature PRTC resident artist Michelle Mountain as Blanche, PRTC associate artist Qarie Marshall as Stanley and PRTC associate artist Charlyn Swarthout as Stella with a supporting cast including Matthew David, Rhonda English, Stacie Hadgikosti, PRTC resident artist Grant R. Krause, Hugh Maguire, Tristan Peach, PRTC resident artist Phil Powers and PRTC associate artist Rhiannon Ragland. It will play Jan. 22, 2009-March 21, 2009.

The world premiere of Bleeding Red, to run April 9-May 30, 2009, is a "ball-kicking comedy with adult humor." According to PRTC, "The biggest football match in 20 years is about to kick off across the pond in London. Tommy, confirmed bachelor and passionate Liverpool fan, arrives at his best mate Bobby's flat to discover he's been dumped by his fiancée. Trouble is, Bobby is the linchpin of the all-important pre-game ritual. Tommy must get him to the pub before the game starts, even if it means recruiting the help of another traitorous female, Bobby's fetching sister Sarah." Sanville will direct a cast to include PRTC associate artist Heidi Bennett, Matthew Gwynn, PRTC associate artist Michael Brian Ogden and Matthew David. Wake, a "summer comedy for women (and men) of all ages," by Carey Crim, will have its world premiere June 18-Aug. 29, 2009. "Abbey Harrison is an agoraphobic mortician, anchored to the safety of her funeral home for over three years," according to PRTC. "Her vivacious mother and precocious teenage daughter try in their own humorous ways to help her take that first step down the front walk, including hypnosis, sensory-overload therapy and a trip to Moscow. But in the end, Abbey must realize what is truly important in her life before the power of love can finally inspire her to embrace the world again."

Sanville will direct a cast that includes PRTC resident artist Michelle Mountain and Stacie Hadgikosti.

Ticket reservations can be made by calling The Purple Rose Theatre Company box office at (734) 433-ROSE (7673).

For more information about PRTC, visit www.purplerosetheatre.org.

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