ESCANABA

a World Premiere by Jeff Daniels

SEPTEMBER 17, 2009 – JANUARY 23, 2010

“Everyone has a home somewhere.”

The legend begins in this final installment of the classic Yooper trilogy. Alphonse Soady is putting the finishing touches on his newly-constructed deer camp when a wild-eyed James Negamanee bursts through his door fleeing a black bear. This origin story reveals the role this strange trespasser plays in time-honored Soady Deer Camp traditions, including the saga of the Soady Ridge Buck.

Directed by Guy Sanville

CAST:

  • Julian Gant
  • Wayne David Parker
  • Tom Whalen
  • Set Designer: Dennis G. Crawley
  • Properties Designer: Danna Segrest
  • Costume Designer: Sally L. Converse-Doucette
  • Lighting Designer: Dana White
  • Sound Designer: Quintessa Gallinat
  • Stage Manager: Stephanie Buck

PRESS QUOTES

Three out of four stars”… a fine-tuned duet. … The play also delivers a simple yet profound message about the meaning of home …”

– Detroit Free Press

”The two actors are perfectly cast. Parker’s grubby, outspoken James is a perfect counterweight to Whalen’s tidy, soft-spoken Alphonse, and director Guy Sanville takes advantage of, but never overplays, their differences.”

– Encore Michigan

”… a delightful glorification of Michigan storytelling.”

– Lansing City Pulse

”Don’t worry if you missed the first two shows and lack the Escanaba background because this introduction to its ancestry easily stands alone. It’s a hoot either way.”

– Chelsea Standard

GRAVITY

a World Premiere by David MacGregor

FEBRUARY 11, 2010 – MARCH 27, 2010

“Isaac Newton was not humanity’s first scientist. He was our last sorcerer.”

Experience the humanity and humor of one of history’s greatest icons as he grapples with the choice between love and immortality.

For centuries, the true nature of the work that engaged Isaac Newton in the years after his Principia Mathematica rocked the world in 1687 lay hidden among trunks of forgotten papers.

Based on Newton’s actual letters, this play explores his relationship with a mysterious patroness as he pursued the most important work of his life. Newton drove himself relentlessly in pursuit of Truth, riding the delicate line between divinity and madness.

Directed by Guy Sanville

CAST:

  • Heidi Bennett
  • Stacie Hadgikosti
  • Alex Leydenfrost
  • Nate Mitchell
  • Michelle Mountain
  • Jim Porterfield
  • Rhiannon Ragland
  • Will David Young
  • Set Designer: Daniel C. Walker
  • Properties Designer: Danna Segrest
  • Costume Designer: Christianne Myers
  • Lighting Designer: Dana White
  • Sound Designer: Tom Whalen
  • Stage Manager: Jessica Garrett

PRESS QUOTES

”MacGregor gets an A+ for a storyline that is crafted like a fine piece of art. Another A+ goes to Guy Sanville. He took this fine work and brought it to the stage without missing even the smallest detail. From the brilliant costumes and the furniture to the laboratory set and the prism of light shining in a window, Sanville and his crew created the perfect environment for an outstanding cast to shine.”

– MIEntertainment.biz

”Ambitiously mounted and cagily acted, Gravity is further proof that MacGregor is the most talented of the local playwrights premiering works on the Purple Rose stage.”

– Detroit Free Press

”… one of the most intriguing pieces of live theater seen in decades.”

– Lansing City Pulse

OUR TOWN

an American classic by Thornton Wilder

APRIL 15, 2010 – MAY 29, 2010

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1938, this iconic giant in American dramatic history spans almost 13 years in the town of Grover’s Corners, a quintessential small community with characters reflecting the hopes and dreams, the failures and successes, of people everywhere.

Directed by Guy Sanville

  • Heidi Bennett
  • Andy Burt
  • Matthew David
  • Julia Garlotte
  • Matthew Gwynn
  • Stacie Hadgikosti
  • Angela Miller
  • Nate Mitchell
  • Ty Mitchell
  • Michelle Mountain
  • Michael Brian Ogden
  • Jim Porterfield
  • Rhiannon Ragland
  • Bill Simmons
  • Tom Whalen
  • Will David Young
  • Set Designer: Vincent Mountain
  • Properties Designer: Danna Segrest
  • Costume Designer: Sally L. Converse-Doucette
  • Lighting Designer: Daniel C. Walker
  • Sound Designer: Quintessa Gallinat
  • Stage Manager: Stephanie Buck

PRESS QUOTES

”… a fresh-feeling approach to a classic that speaks for itself. … the naked display of artists working together, of needing almost nothing in order to tell a compelling story, works.”

– Rogue Critic

”Our Town can be a life-altering experience. Once it ends and you walk out the Purple Rose door, faced by the antique Chelsea buildings not that different from those Wilder described, you’ll see the world through fresh eyes.”

– Detroit Free Press

”You know you are in the presence of a great piece of theater when the lights come up, and as the actors move quietly onto the set, your eyes tear up before the first character utters a single word.”

– Lansing City Pulse

BOEING-BOEING

a French farce by Marc Camoletti, adapted by Beverley Cross

JUNE 17, 2010 – AUGUST 28, 2010

“One up, one down and one pending!”
The English adaptation of this French farce features self-styled Parisian lothario Bernard juggling three fiancees, each beautiful airline hostesses with frequent layovers in Paris. Bernard’s carefully constructed timetable runs like clockwork until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to his apartment at the same time, and his “ideal life” unravels all in one nonstop night.

Directed by Nate Mitchell

CAST:

  • Matthew David
  • Stacie Hadgikosti
  • Michelle Mountain
  • Rhiannon Ragland
  • Charlyn Swarthout
  • Jeff Thomakos
  • Set Designer: Bartley H. Bauer
  • Properties Designer: Danna Segrest
  • Costume Designer: Christianne Myers
  • Lighting Designer: Reid G. Johnson
  • Sound Designer: Quintessa Gallinat
  • Stage Manager: Stephanie Buck

PRESS QUOTES

”The cast of this Purple Rose production of Boeing-Boeing has the audience in stitches from start to finish. … Everything about this production – the costumes, set, music and lighting – is spot on. … And the entire cast pops in and out of doors like an elaborate Swiss clock; it’s just fun to watch.”

– Detroit Theatre Examiner

”Audiences have seen comedy done again and again at the Purple Rose, but from what I’ve seen, it’s never been quite like this.”

– Chelsea Standard

”Director Nathan Mitchell gives us a rollickingly funny production of Beverley Cross’ adaptation of what might be the funniest French farce ever. … It is a production in which absolutely everything is done exactly right, and it is a true delight.”

– Detroit New Monitor

”… the Purple Rose Theatre Company has crafted a riotous flavor of thriller: five doors, three fiancees, and two hours spent wondering when the truth will detonate. … a splashy comedy that flies by, with Mitchell’s persistent combination of laugh-out-loud farce and seat-edge tension giving neither the cast nor audience a breather. This viewer left the theater feeling pleasantly bemused and altogether spent.”

– Rogue Critic