Purple Rose Theatre Company’s 25th anniversary season kicks off this fall


2015/16 Season to feature a World Premiere by theatre Founder, Jeff Daniels, and more!

The Purple Rose Theatre Company (PRTC) is proud to announce their 2015 / 2016, 25th Anniversary Season, which will feature a world premiere play by Purple Rose Founder, Emmy Award winning actor and award-winning playwright, Jeff Daniels, a world premiere by PRTC Associate Artist, silver screen and television sensation, Matt Letscher, and a Purple Rose take on two beloved classic comedies. The theatre company’s 25th professional season will include: Casting Session by Jeff Daniels, The Odd Couple by Neil Simon, Gaps in the Fossil Record by Matt Letscher, and Morning’s At Seven by Paul Osborn.

All performances are held at The Purple Rose Theatre Company, 137 Park Street, Chelsea, Michigan 48118.


Casting Session by Jeff Daniels

September 17 – December 19, 2015

Frank and Ron are two middle-aged actors who have been competing for the same roles in New York City and beyond for thirty years. Join us for this hilarious world premiere comedy by Jeff Daniels that explores the lengths to which actors will go to get the part. Casting Session will hold a fourteen-week engagement from Thursday, September 17 to Saturday, December 19, 2015. Directed by PRTC Artistic Director Guy Sanville, the cast includes David Daoust (Lansing, MI), Tom Whalen (Royal Oak, MI), and Erika Matchie Thiede (Chelsea, MI). Casting Session contains adult language.

The Odd Couple by Neil Simon

January 21 – March 26, 2016

Two suddenly single pals — a sloppy sportswriter and a neat freak news writer — strain their friendship by turning roommates, but patterns of their own disastrous marriages begin to reappear with hilarious results. Neil Simon’s beloved classic, The Odd Couple, will run for ten weeks from Thursday, January 21 through Saturday, March 26, 2016. Directed by PRTC Resident Artist Lauren Knox, the cast will feature David Bendena (Chelsea, MI), Chris Lutkin (Dearborn, MI), David Montee (Traverse City, MI), Michelle Mountain (Grass Lake, MI), Jim Porterfield (Northville, MI), Rhiannon Ragland (Gregory, MI), Guy Sanville (Chelsea, MI), and Tom Whalen (Royal Oak, MI).

Gaps in the Fossil Record by Matt Letscher

April 14 – May 28, 2016

When Jane brings home the much older, soon-to-be father of her unborn child, Mom thinks that she’s kidding. What starts as a practical joke turns into a thoughtful exploration of what it is that we pass down through the generations. Is it more than just DNA? Gaps in the Fossil Record by Matt Letscher will hold a seven week engagement from Thursday, April 14 through Saturday, May 28, 2016. Directed by PRTC Artistic Director Guy Sanville. The cast of Gaps in the Fossil Record will be announced at a later time. This play contains adult language and themes.

Morning’s At Seven by Paul Osborn

June 16 – September 3, 2016

Morning’s At Seven is the story of an extended family living in close proximity, anchored by four aging sisters, Cora, Arry, Esther and Ida. They’re ensconced in a familiar dysfunctionality suspended in place by decades of secrets and deceptions. Join us for this hilarious, classic comedy about the joys and frustrations that every close family knows only too well. Morning’s At Seven by Paul Osborn will run for twelve weeks from Thursday, June 16 through Saturday, September 3, 2016. Directed by PRTC Resident Artist Michelle Mountain, the cast will feature Ruth Crawford (Ann Arbor, MI), Susan Craves (Clarkston, MI), David Daoust (Lansing, MI), Franette Liebow (Chicago,IL) Hugh Maguire (Ann Arbor, MI), Laural Merlington (Grand Rapids, MI), Rusty Mewha (Plymouth, MI), Rhiannon Ragland (Gregory, MI), and Tom Whalen (Royal Oak, MI).

About the Purple Rose Theatre Company

Founded in 1991 by actor and Chelsea native, Jeff Daniels, The Purple Rose Theatre Company (PRTC) is the home of world-class, original American theatre. The PRTC is a professional theatre company with roots in the Midwest that takes a handcrafted, artisanal approach to producing new and classic American plays that are nothing less than one-of-a-kind experiences. The PRTC is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit professional theatre operating under a Small Professional Theatre agreement with the Actors’ Equity Association.

Tickets for groups of 12 or more are available for purchase starting July 13, 2015. PRTC donors of $250.00+ can purchase tickets approximately 2 months before each show opens with tickets going on sale to the general public two weeks later. Ticket prices range from $12.00 – $43.00 and reservations can be made by calling The Purple Rose Theatre Company Box Office at (734) 433-7673 or online at www.purplerosetheatre.org.

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