Purple Rose Theatre Presents Reading at Chelsea District Library Today


The Purple Rose Theatre Company will present a free concert reading of a play under consideration for future production at the Chelsea District Library this month. As part of the professional theatre company's ongoing partnership with the award-winning library, the readings will take place at 10:30 a.m. today, Saturday, December 1, 2012 in the McKune Room of the Chelsea District Library. The library is located at 221 South Main Street, Chelsea, Michigan, 48118. Each reading will be followed by an audience talkback with the director and actors.

Today, December 1 at 10:30 a.m. members of the Purple Rose Theatre Company will read a new play by David MacGregor (Consider the Oyster, Gravity, Vino Veritas), called Scrooge Macbeth; or, A Shakespearean Christmas. This yuletide comedy tells the story of Bob, Sylvia, Victor, and Renee: the last actors standing after a food poisoning outbreak sidelines the cast of their community theatre's holiday production. But that's not the only setback: Sylvia has just discovered a boatload of red ink in the theatre group's ledger. With impending financial ruin, a shortage of cast members, and an expectant audience just outside the doors, can these four amateur thespians concoct some holiday entertainment in time to save their theatre?

The reading is free and open to the public. Registration for this event is strongly encouraged, due to limited seating. Registration is available by calling the Chelsea District Library at (734) 475-8732 or by visiting: http://bit.ly/Tqe12S for today's December 1 reading.

Founded in 1991 by acclaimed actor and Chelsea native Jeff Daniels, The Purple Rose Theatre Company is a leading American theatre dedicated to producing the new American play and creating opportunities for Midwest theatre professionals. The PRTC is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit professional theatre operating under a Small Professional Theatre agreement with the Actors' Equity Association. The PRTC promotes the development of new American theatre 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 Theatre communities.

The Chelsea District Library is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide equal access to quality resources that serve the lifelong cultural, educational and informational needs and interests of all people. The Library currently serves 14,000 residents in the Chelsea district – City of Chelsea plus Dexter, Lima, Lyndon and Sylvan townships and more than 20,000 individuals visit the Library each month.

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