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CHELSEA - The Purple Rose Theatre Company is proud to announce its 2012-13 season, which will feature two world premieres and two plays by award-winning playwrights. The theatre company's 22nd season will include "Superior Donuts" by Tracy Letts, the world premiere of "The Meaning of Almost Everything" by Jeff Daniels, "33 Variations" by Moises Kaufman, and the world premiere of "Miles & Ellie" by Don Zolidis.
"Superior Donuts" by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts ("August: Osage County") kicks off the season. This comedy-drama set in one of Chicago's most diverse neighborhoods, explores the unlikely friendship between a burned-out donut shop owner and his young, idealistic new employee. "Superior Donuts" will have a 13-week engagement from Thursday, Sept. 20 to Saturday, Dec. 15. Randolph Mantooth will star as donut shop owner Arthur Przybyszewski. Mantooth has been a working television, film and theater actor for 40 years, and is best known for his starring role in NBC's "Emergency!" in the 1970s. He is also highly regarded by the emergency response community around the world. He is a spokesperson for both the International Association of Firefighters and the International Association of Fire Chiefs for fire fighter health and safety. Directed by Guy Sanville, the cast also includes Ryan Carlson, David Daoust, Alex Leydenfrost, Brian Marable, Michelle Mountain, Michael Brian Ogden, Sandy Ryder and Lynch Travis.
"The Meaning of Almost Everything" pushes the bounds of dramatic realism with this hilarious and sometimes painful exploration of the human condition. A world premiere comedy by PRTC founder Jeff Daniels, this show questions the nature of our world and the absurdity of it all. "The Meaning of Almost Everything" will run for nine weeks from Thursday, Jan. 10 through Saturday, March 9, 2013. Directed by Guy Sanville, the cast will feature Matt Gwynn and Nate Mitchell.
Moises Kaufman's "33 Variations" bridges past and present as musicologist Katherine Brandt struggles to solve the mystery behind her professional passion: Beethoven's oft overlooked "Diabelli Variations." As she races against time, Katherine not only discovers the true nature of Beethoven's work, but gains insight into the other mystery in her life: her daughter. "33 Variations" will have a 10-week engagement from Thursday, March 28 through Saturday, June 1. Directed by Guy Sanville, the cast will feature Michelle Mountain as Katherine Brandt, David Bendena, Daniel Britt, Richard McWilliams, Michael Brian Ogden, Jan Radcliff and Melanie Reihing.
"Miles & Ellie" is the second PRTC premiere by Don Zolidis following the production of his award-winning play "White Buffalo." This romantic comedy about young love gone wrong will ask if it's possible to get a second chance at your first love. "Miles & Ellie" will run for 11 weeks from Thursday, June 20 through Saturday, Aug. 31. Directed by Guy Sanville, the cast will feature Rusty Mewha, Michelle Mountain, Rhiannon Ragland, Bill Simmons, and Cheryl Turski.
Eight low-priced previews will begin each run, followed by press opening night during the second week of each engagement. Regular performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., with Saturday matinees at 3 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m., with added performance dates to be announced.
All performances will be held at The Purple Rose Theatre Company, 137 Park Street, Chelsea, Michigan 48118.
Tickets for groups of 12 or more are available for puchase now. PRTC 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¬7643 or online at www.purplerosetheatre.org.
About The Purple Rose Theatre Company
Founded in 1991 by acclaimed actor and Chelsea native Jeff Daniels, The Purple Rose Theatre Company is a leading American theater dedicated to producing the new American play and creating opportunities for Midwest theater professionals. The PRTC is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit professional theater operating under an Small Professional Theatre agreement with the Actors' Equity Association. The PRTC promotes the development of new American theater and its practitioners, provides valuable educational opportunities for young artists, and, through consistently high quality production values, has earned the respect of both local and national theater communities.