Purple Rose Theatre Company

Purple Rose Theatre Company

The Purple Rose Theatre Company (or PRTC) was founded by Jeff Daniels in 1991. Originally known as the Garage Theatre, 'The Rose' takes its name from Woody Allen's 1985 film "The Purple Rose of Cairo" starring Daniels. The theatre provides resources for training actors, playwrights and other theatre artists residing in the Midwest region and develops new plays based on life in the Great Lakes Basin.

The main performance space and administrative offices occupy a building in Chelsea, Michigan once owned by Daniels' grandfather. The theatre produces four shows every year on a 3/4 thrust stage in a 168 seat house. The PRTC is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization and operates under a Small Professional Theatre (SPT) Agreement with the Actors' Equity Association (AEA).

Apprentice Program

The Purple Rose offers a year-long apprenticeship program for young artists entering a career in theatre. Apprentices are paid a 'modest stipend' and work as many as 60-80 hours per week gaining experience in lighting, sound, stage management, design, set construction, and administrative/box office work. The eight apprentices also maintain and clean the theatre's facilities. The program was inspired by Jeff Daniels' experience as an apprentice with the Circle Repertory Company in New York City.

Production History

Asterisks (*) denotes a world premiere

2007 - 2008
"The Poetry of Pizza" * by Deborah Brevoort
"Vino Veritas" * by David MacGregor
"Growing Pretty" * by Carey Crim
TBA by Jeff Daniels

2006 - 2007
"Escanaba In Love" * by Jeff Daniels
"The Subject Was Roses" by Frank D. Gilroy
"When The Lights Come On" * by Brian Letscher
"Sea of Fools" * by Matt Letscher

2005 - 2006
"The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams
"Guest Artist" * by Jeff Daniels
"The Late Great Henry Boyle" by David MacGregor
"Honus & Me" by Steven Dietz

2004 - 2005
"The Mystery of Irma Vep" by Charles Ludlam
"Norma & Wanda" * by Jeff Daniels
"Bus Stop" by William Inge
"And The Winner Is" * by Mitch Albom

2003 - 2004
"The Good Doctor" by Neil Simon
"Leaving Iowa" * by Tim Clue & Spike Manton
"The Underpants" by Carl Sternheim (Adapted by Steve Martin)
"Duck Hunter Shoots Angel" * by Mitch Albom

2002 - 2003
"Across the Way" * by Jeff Daniels
"Stand" * by Toni Press-Coffman
"Hope for Corky" * by Randall Godwin
"Blithe Spirit" by Noel Coward

2001 - 2002
"Guys On Ice" by Fred Alley & Frederick Heide
"Months on End" * by Craig Pospisil
"Born Yesterday" by Garson Kanin
"Let It Be" * by Dennis North

2000 - 2001
"Rain Dance" * by Lanford Wilson
"Orphan Train" * by Dennis North
"Completing Dahlia" * by Annie Martin

1999 - 2000
closed for renovations

1998 - 1999
"Boom Town" * by Jeff Daniels
"The Hole" * by Wendy Hammond
"The Big Slam" by Bill Corbett
"Criminal Genius" by George F. Walker

1997 - 1998
"Escanaba in da Moonlight" by Jeff Daniels
"Julie Johnson" by Wendy Hammond
"Book of Days" * by Lanford Wilson
"Marcus is Walking" by Joan Ackermann

1996 - 1997
"Apartment 3A" * by Jeff Daniels
"Labor Day" * by Kim Carney
"The Hot L Baltimore" by Lanford Wilson
"Off the Map" by Joan Ackermann

1995 - 1996
"Escanaba in da Moonlight" * by Jeff Daniels
"Beast on the Moon" by Richard Kalinoski
"The Purple Rose Spring Comedy Festival" * by various playwrights
"The Harmony Codes" * by Michael Grady

1994 - 1995
"Thy Kingdom's Coming" * by Jeff Daniels
"Only Me and You" * by Kim Carney
"Hang the Moon" * by Suzanne Burr
"Weekend Comedy" by Jean & Sam Bobrick

1993 - 1994
"The Vast Difference" * by Jeff Daniels
"Two Sisters"* by T.E. Williams
"Keely and Du" by Jane Martin
"Stanton's Garage" by Joan Ackermann

1992 - 1993
"Possessed: The Dracula Musical" * by Robert Marasco, Jason Darrow & Carter Cathcart
"Necessities" by Velina Hasu Houston
"National Anthems" by Dennis McIntyre
"Nooner" * by Joan Ackermann

1991 - 1992
"Kuru" by Josh C. Manheimer
"Ties That Bind" * by Kitty S. Dubin
"More Fun Than Bowling" by Steven Dietz
"The Tropical Pickle" * by Jeff Daniels

1991 (First Season)
"Blush at Nothing" * by Lisa A. Wing
"Shoe Man" * by Jeff Daniels

External links

* [http://www.purplerosetheatre.org/ Purple Rose Theatre Company website]
* [http://www.jeffdaniels.com/ Jeff Daniels website]
* [http://www.gemtheatre.com/Escanaba.htm "Escanaba in Love"] information for 2007-2008 run in Detroit

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