BOOM TOWN

a World Premiere by Jeff Daniels

OCTOBER 8, 1998 – DECEMBER 19, 1998

Set in a Midwestern town, the story is about citizens who are more occupied with power and politics than each other. A married couple is unable to maintain payments on their party store when they ask for help from the local banker, Frank. Nothing turns out as planned in this piece written and directed by Jeff Daniels.

Directed by Jeff Daniels

CAST:

  • Guy Sanville
  • Sandra Birch
  • John Lepard
  • Set Designer: Bartley H. Bauer
  • Properties Designer: Danna Segrest
  • Costume Designer: Colleen Ryan-Peters
  • Lighting Designer: Dana White
  • Sound Designer: Vince Mountain
  • Stage Manager: Anthony Caselli

PRESS QUOTES

“The dialogue is strong and accurate… the direction, also, is there are moments of brilliance.”

– The Chelsea Standard

“Sanville, Lepard, and Birch – are so strong…”

– Detroit Free Press

“The language is strong, the performances are very fine, and the tension is killing.”

– The Detroit News

THE HOLE

a World Premiere by Wendy Hammond

JANUARY 22, 1999 – MARCH 20, 1999

From their marriage in 1945 through the present day, Peter and Mary have been through plenty of life changes. However, Peter’s secretive government job forces him to leave home for weeks or months without contact with Mary or their six children. When Peter finally shares information with Mary, he’s created the most difficult test of their marriage.

Directed by Guy Sanville

CAST:

  • Jim Porterfield
  • Michelle Mountain
  • Set Designer: Vincent Mountain
  • Properties Designer: Danna Segrest
  • Costume Designer: Colleen Ryan-Peters
  • Lighting Designer: Seth E. Reinick
  • Sound Designer: Suzi Regan
  • Stage Manager: Anthony Caselli

PRESS QUOTES

“… tight but unobtrusive direction allows his two stars to be their amazing selves.”

– The Ann Arbor News

“Acting is highlight of new Purple Rose play.”

– The Chelsea Standard

“Makes memories you’ll enjoy digging up.”

– Detroit Free Press

THE BIG SLAM

8 April-27 June 1999 by Bill Corbett

APRIL 9, 1999 – JUNE 27, 1999

Four young minds are putting together a get-rich-quick scheme, when success begins to bring out the worst, or best, in them. Sex, greed, and power collide in this play by Bill Corbett.

Directed by Anthony Caselli

CAST:

  • Joseph Zettelmaier
  • Wayne David Parker
  • Cadi Sutter
  • Amy Christine
  • Set Designer: Andrew Gorney
  • Properties Designer: Danna Segrest
  • Costume Designer: Rebecca Ann Valentino
  • Lighting Designer: Dana White
  • Sound Designer: Suzi Regan
  • Stage Manager: Robyn Heller

PRESS QUOTES

“The tricky, complicated timing is so well handled, it becomes invisible.”

– The Chelsea Standard

“This is the best play I’ve ever seen at the Rose.”

– Ann Arbor Observer

“… grabs you the moment the actors hit the stage…”

– Current

CRIMINAL GENIUS

by George F. Walker

JULY 8, 1999 – AUGUST 27, 1999

When a father and son swindler team stay in a cheap motel, they form a relationship with the hotel manager. Enter two women, who are the brains of the operation, and what follows is a one-of-a-kind comedy by Walker.

Directed by Randall Godwin

CAST:

  • Jim Porterfield
  • Ryan Carlson
  • Leo McNamara
  • Sandra Birch
  • Suzi Regan
  • Set Designer: Vincent Mountain
  • Properties Designer: Danna Segrest
  • Costume Designer: Rebecca Ann Valentino
  • Lighting Designer: Reid G. Johnson
  • Sound Designer: Dana White
  • Stage Manager: Robyn Heller

PRESS QUOTES

“… hits comic targets.”

– The Ann Arbor News

“… this season’s funniest comedy and one of Purple Rose’s shining hours.”

– The Detroit News

“… oozes genius all around.”

– Jackson Citizen Patriot