ANNAPURNA, STEEL MAGNOLIAS, TALLEY'S FOLLY and 2AZ to Play Purple Rose Theatre's 2014-15 Season

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ANNAPURNA, STEEL MAGNOLIAS, TALLEY'S FOLLY and 2AZ to Play Purple Rose Theatre's 2014-15 Season

The Purple Rose Theatre Company has announced its 2014 / 2015 Season, which will feature a Midwest premiere of an Off-Broadway sensation, a Purple Rose take on a classic comedy, a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by a PRTC benefactor, and a world premiere zombie thriller. The theatre company's 24th professional season will include: Annapurna by Sharr White, Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling, Talley's Folly by Lanford Wilson, and 2AZ by Michael Brian Ogden.

Eight low-priced previews will begin each run, followed by Press Opening Night during the second week of each engagement. Please note that some performance times have changed for the 2014 / 2015 season. We are pleased to announce that regular performances are Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:00 pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm with Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm and Saturday matinees at 3:00 pm with added performance dates to be announced. All performances will be held at The Purple Rose Theatre Company, 137 Park Street, Chelsea, Michigan 48118.

What if you had experienced the defining moment of your life - but couldn't remember it? Sharr White's heartfelt and remarkable play, Annapurna, deals with that dilemma and the unpredictable eccentricities of love. Join us for the Midwest premiere of this bittersweet comedy by one of America's most vibrant and lyrical new playwrights. Annapurna will hold a fourteen-week engagement from Thursday, September 18 to Saturday, December 20, 2014. Directed by PRTC Artistic Director Guy Sanville, the cast includes Richard McWilliams (Dayton, OH) and Michelle Mountain (Grass Lake, MI). Annapurna contains adult language and themes.

You may think you know Steel Magnolias, but you have never experienced the story quite like this. Join us for a Purple Rose take on this classic comedy celebrating the unfathomable bond shared by six small-town women who possess a strength that beckons joy and laughter no matter what life throws at them. Steel Magnolias will run for nine weeks from Thursday, January 15 through Saturday, March 14, 2015. Directed by PRTC Artistic Director Guy Sanville, the cast will feature Susan Craves (Clarkston, MI), Rachel Hull (Goodrich, MI), Lauren Knox (Macomb, MI), Laurel Merlington (Grand Rapids, MI), Michelle Mountain (Grass Lake, MI) and Rhiannon Ragland (Gregory, MI).

Do you believe that one mesmerizing evening can change the course of two lives forever? Join us for PRTC benefactor Lanford Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning romantic comedy about a pair of mismatched souls longing to find love after nearly giving up on the dream. Talley's Folly will hold an eight-week engagement from Thursday, April 2 through Saturday, May 23, 2015. Directed by PRTC Resident Artist Angie Kane Ferrante, the cast will feature Aphrodite Nikolovski (Birmingham, MI) and Rob Najarian (Ann Arbor, MI).

You've seen them in the movies and on your TV. Now the experience is up close and personal. Michael Brian Ogden's (Corktown, Bleeding Red) world premiere thriller about the Zombie Apocalypse digs deep into the recesses of our souls to face the monster that may be lurking in all of us. Join us for this truly unique theatrical event. 2AZ will run for twelve weeks from Thursday, June 11 through Saturday, August 29, 2015. Directed by PRTC Artistic Director Guy Sanville, the cast will feature David Bendena (Chelsea, MI), Will Bryson (Harper Woods, MI), Stephanie Buck (Chelsea, MI), Rainbow Dickerson (Los Angeles, CA), David Daoust (Lansing, MI), Deb Keller (Brighton, MI), Lauren Knox (Macomb, MI), Owen Likely (Belle Mead, NJ), Michelle Mountain (Grass Lake, MI), Rob Najarian (Ann Arbor, MI), Michael Brian Ogden (Chelsea, MI), Drew Parker (Ferndale, MI), Rhiannon Ragland (Gregory, MI), April Warner (Dublin, OH), Tom Whalen (Royal Oak, MI) and Nina White (Grosse Pointe Park, MI). 2AZ contains violence and adult language.

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 7, 2014. PRTC donors 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 - $42.00 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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