ESCANABA IN DA MOONLIGHT

A Yooper Comedy by Jeff Daniels

SEPTEMBER 28, 1997 – DECEMBER 20, 1997

As the Soady clan gathers at the family deer camp, Reuben Soady is hoping to get his shot and shed the mantle of “the buckless yooper.” But as opening day of deer season approaches, a series of weird occurrences and crazy locals seem to prevent him from bagging his buck. One thing is sure, this hilarious hunting trip will be one for the Soady history books!

Directed by Guy Sanville

CAST:

  • Jim Porterfield
  • Phil Powers
  • Joseph Albright
  • Wayne David Parker
  • Randall Godwin
  • Sandra Birch
  • Set Designer: Daniel C. Walker
  • Properties Designer: Danna Segrest
  • Costume Designer: Colleen Ryan Peters
  • Lighting Designer: Dana White
  • Sound Designer: Suzi Regan
  • Stage Manager: Dana Gamarra and Peter Wilburn

PRESS QUOTES

“… twice as funny the second time around.”

The Ann Arbor News

“… 90 minutes of laughs…”

– The Oakland Press

“… impeccable timing and movement.”

– The Chelsea Standard

JULIE JOHNSON

22 January-14 March 1998 by Wendy Hammond

JANUARY 22, 1998 – MARCH 14, 1998

Julie Johnson (mother, wife, high school dropout) enrolls in a computer course at the community college. The course enables her to find unknown intelligence, confidence, and sense of self. She leaves her husband and moves in with her best friend Claire, only to discover there could be more than friendship among the two women.

Directed by Guy Sanville

CAST:

  • Suzi Regan
  • Ian Reed Kesler
  • Natalie Knazik
  • Sandra Birch
  • Tobin Hissong
  • Edward Nahhat
  • Set Designer: Vince Mountain
  • Properties Designer: Lisa Sodman
  • Costume Designer: Mary K. Copenhagen
  • Lighting Designer: Daniel C. Walker
  • Sound Designer: Suzi Regan and Ralph Valdez
  • Stage Manager: Anthony Caselli

PRESS QUOTES

“… this is a play you must see.”

– The Chelsea Standard

“… humor cuts through taut emotional aspects.”

– Current

“An excellent play in all ways possible.”

– Jackson Citizen Patriot

BOOK OF DAYS

a World Premiere by Lanford Wilson

APRIL 28, 1998 – JUNE 27, 1998

Winner of the Best Play Award from the American Theatre Critics Association, Lanford Wilson’s “Book of Days” tells the story of a small town dominated by a cheese plant, a fundamentalist church, and a community theater.

When the owner of the cheese plant dies mysteriously in a hunting accident, Ruth, his bookkeeper, suspects murder. Cast as Joan of Arc in a local production of George Bernard Shaw’s St. Joan, Ruth takes on the attributes of her fictional character and launches into a one-woman campaign to see justice done.

Directed by Guy Sanville

CAST:

  • Suzi Regan
  • Wayne David Parker
  • Carey Crim
  • Dennis E. North
  • Sandra Birch
  • Jim Porterfield
  • John Lepard
  • Joseph Albright
  • Lisa Sodman
  • Michelle Mountain
  • John Hawkinson
  • Randall Godwin
  • Set Designer: Bartley H. Bauer
  • Properties Designer: Danna Segrest
  • Costume Designer: Mary K. Copenhagen
  • Lighting Designer: Dana White
  • Sound Designer: Daniel C. Walker
  • Stage Manager: Anthony Caselli

PRESS QUOTES

“It’s quite probably the ultimate accomplishment of [Wilson’s] career.”

– American Theatre

“Mr. Wilson’s cosmic consciousness, intense moral concern, sense of human redemption and romantic effusion have climbed to a new peak.”

– The New York Times

“A significant addition to the Lanford Wilson canon… his best work since ‘Fifth of July’ … ‘Book of Days’ manages to combine Wilson’s signature character-based whimsy with an atypically strong narrative book and politically charged underpinnings.”

– Variety

“‘Book of Days’ is lively storytelling by one of our best playwrights.”

– Detroit Free Press

MARCUS IS WALKING

by Joan Ackermann

JULY 16, 1998 – SEPTEMBER 12, 1998

In a series of humorous and occasionally serious vignettes, Joan Ackerman tells the story of what people do in their cars.

Directed by Anthony Caselli

CAST:

  • Joseph Albright
  • Michelle Mountain
  • Randall Godwin
  • Wayne David Parker
  • Sarab Kamoo
  • Cadi Sutter
  • Set Designer: Daniel C. Walker
  • Properties Designer: Danna Segrest
  • Costume Designer: Rebecca Ann Valentino
  • Lighting Designer: Reid G. Johnson
  • Sound Designer: Anthony Caselli
  • Stage Manager: Robyn Heller

PRESS QUOTES

“What a superb company of thespians Purple Rose has gradually assembled… I’d put them up against just about anybody.”

– The Ann Arbor News

“This captured the whole motley madness of cars and driving…”

– Jackson Citizen Patriot

“… always delivers with the audience in mind.”

– The Saline Reporter