Crim's Coming of Age Comedy, Growing Pretty, to Premiere at MI's Purple Rose

News   Crim's Coming of Age Comedy, Growing Pretty, to Premiere at MI's Purple Rose
The Purple Rose Theatre Company in Michigan continues its tradition of nurturing Midwest voices with the March 27-May 31 world premiere of local actress-turned-playwright Carey Crim's Growing Pretty.
Carey Crim
Carey Crim

Now based in New York City, Crim, a Michigan native, has acting credits in the Detroit area, including performances at Purple Rose, the theatre founded by Jeff Daniels, himself a Michigan actor-turned-playwright. PRTC is known for giving local, untested playwrights a stage.

In the play, "Lucy Keen is awkward," according to PRTC. "To make matters worse, her best friend is a boy, her father is a hopeless wannabe inventor, her body refuses to cooperate with her dream of becoming a supermodel ... and her first love has fallen for her mother. Luckily, Lucy learns that the tortures of 12 soon give way to the painful and wonderful freedom of adulthood as she navigates the twisted and humorous path of becoming an artist."

Michelle Mountain directs a cast that includes Matt Gwynn, Stacie Hadgikosti, Grant R. Krause, Hugh Macguire, Michael Brian Ogden and Rhiannon R. Ragland.

The production includes set design by Vincent Mountain, prop design by Danna Segrest, costume design by Meghann O'Malley-Powell, lighting design by Dana White and sound design by Quintessa Gallinat. Stephanie Buck stage manages with Michelle DiDomenico and Jessica Garrett as assistant stage managers.

Crim is returning to The Purple Rose Theatre Company with her first play. A PRTC associate artist, she was last seen as Dahlia in Annie Martin's Completing Dahlia and Ginger in Lanford Wilson's Book of Days. She was a member of The Second City Detroit Touring Company for two years and has acted in many roles at Meadow Brook Theatre and Jewish Ensemble Theatre. Carey moved to New York in 2003. Her work has received workshop and showcase productions through Writeclub NYC, a group in which she is a founding member. Her short plays have also been featured in ten-minute play festivals in Manhattan. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and has studied at the Royal Court Theater in London as well as The Ensemble Studio Theater under the late Curt Dempster. Growing Pretty opens April 5, following an April 4 gala hosted by Renee and Mort Crim, the TV anchor father of Carey Crim. The gala will benefit The Purple Rose Theatre Company.

The Purple Rose Theatre Company's home is at 137 Park Street in Chelsea, MI, 60 miles west of Detroit.

For information call (734) 433-ROSE or visit

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