The Purple Rose Theatre has announced its twenty-first season, and it happily opens with a revival of the play that helped popularize the Chelsea theatre – and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, too – Jeff Daniels’ comedy Escanaba In Da Moonlight.
Escanaba In Da Moonlight premiered at the Purple Rose in 1995, and was subsequently produced in 1997, setting record attendance numbers for the company. (Many of us took advantage of the long run at Detroit’s Gem theatre, too.) Happily, this new production of the PRTC’s home-grown comedy will feature original cast members Wayne David Parker as Jimmer Negamanee and Jim Porterfield as Albert Soady.
Set on the eve of the opening day of deer season, Reuben Soady is hoping to finally get his buck – a Yooper rite-of-passage he’s yet to cross. But before he can test his mettle, or his luck, a series of weird occurrences stir up the crazy locals and threaten to interfere with Rueben’s ultimate goal. Will he shed the mantle of ‘the buckless Yooper’ … or go down in family history as a failure? Escanaba In Da Moonlight opens in plenty of time for deer season, with a thirteen week run from Thursday, September 22 through Saturday, December 17, 2011.
Other plays in the upcoming PRTC season include:
A Stone Carver, a comedyby William Mastrosimone, which runs January 19 to Saturday, March 10, 2012.
White Buffalo, by Don Zolidis, based on a true story, which runs March 29 through Saturday, June 2, 2012.
On Golden Pond, (also a favorite film) by Ernest Thompson, which runs Thursday, June 21 through Saturday, September 1, 2012.
Eight low-priced previews will start each run. Regular performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. with Saturday matinees at 3:00 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. All performances will be held at The Purple Rose Theatre Company, 137 Park Street, Chelsea, Michigan. The Ford Motor Company Fund is the 2011/2012 Season sponsor.
Tickets for groups of 12 or more are available for the entire season and donors can purchase tickets approximately two months before each show opens, with tickets going on sale to the general public two weeks later. Ticket reservations can be made by calling The Purple Rose Theatre Company Box Office at (734) 433-ROSE (7673); tickets will also be available for sale online.