Purple Rose Theatre Company's 2013-14 Season to Feature Works by Jeff Daniels, Lanford Wilson and Joe DiPietro

By Carey Purcell
July 30, 2013

The Purple Rose Theatre Company has announced its 2013-14 lineup.

The season will include Jeff Daniels' comedy The Vast Difference, returning to the stage where it premiered in 1993, as well as a drama by Lanford Wilson, a comedy festival and a comedy by Joe DiPietro.

Eight low-priced previews will begin each run, followed by press opening night during the second week of each engagement.

Founded in 1991 by Jeff Daniels, The Purple Rose Theatre Company is dedicated to producing the new American play and creating opportunities for Midwest theatre professionals.

The season at a glance follows:

The Vast Difference
By PRTC founder Jeff Daniels
Directed by PRTC artistic director Guy Sanville
Sept. 19-Dec. 14
With Richard McWilliams, David Bendena, Stephanie Buck, Rhiannon Ragland, Michael Brian Ogden, Rusty Mewha, Drew Parker and Nathaniel Eyde

"Centering on male flight attendant George Noonan and his impending vasectomy, the play explores the relationship between fathers and sons, the Detroit Tigers and what it really means to 'be a man.'"

Redwood Curtain
By Lanford Wilson
Directed by PRTC resident artist Stephanie Buck
Jan. 16, 2014-March 15
With Rainbow Dickerson, Alex Leydenfrost and Michelle Mountain

"A drama about a young Vietnamese-American woman searching for her birth father. Forging a friendship with a homeless veteran in the woods of Northern California, will she unlock the mysteries of her past?"

The Purple Rose Spring Comedy Festival: Lovers, Liars & Lunatics
Directed by PRTC artistic director Guy Sanville
April 3-May 24
With Rhiannon Ragland, Michael Brian Ogden, Rusty Mewha and Lauren Knox

"A collection of comedic and touching world premiere short plays. Playwrights include PRTC resident artists, emerging writers and prominent names."

The Last Romance 
By Joe DiPietro
Directed by PRTC resident artist Michelle Mountain
June 12-Aug. 30
With Will David Young, Priscilla Lindsay, Franette Liebow, Ryan Dooley and Andrew Bucksha

"Tells the story of Ralph, a widower, and how a different path taken on his daily walk leads to an unexpected second chance at love. "

Tickets and more information are available by calling (734) 433- 7673 or visiting purplerosetheatre.org.