THE VAST DIFFERENCE to Kick Off Purple Rose's 2013-14 Season, Begin. 9/19

The Purple Rose Theatre Company is thrilled to revive the uproarious comedy, The Vast Difference by Jeff Daniels, for the first production of their 2013 / 2014 Season.

In this 20th anniversary production, George Noonan is having a mid-life crisis. The father of five girls and a flight attendant for a small Midwestern airline, he is scheduled to have a vasectomy. As he works up the courage to go through with the procedure, George becomes reflective on his struggles with his career, living up to his father's expectations, and the nature of "being a man" in the modern world. The Vast Difference contains mild adult language and themes.

The Vast Difference will enjoy a thirteen-week engagement at The Purple Rose Theatre Company from Friday, September 20 - Saturday, December 14, 2013. Seven low-priced previews will be performed Friday, September 20 - Thursday, September 26, with Press Opening on Friday, September 27, 2013. Regular performances for the duration of the run are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM with Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 3:00 PM and Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM. (Editor's Note: A complete performance schedule including pricing can be found on page 2).

Directed by Guy Sanville, the cast includes David Bendena (Chelsea, MI), Stephanie Buck (Chelsea, MI), Nathaniel Eyde (East Lansing, MI), Richard McWilliams (Dayton, OH), Rusty Mewha (Plymouth, MI), Michael Brian Ogden (Berkley, MI), Drew Parker (Ferndale, MI), Rhiannon Ragland (Gregory, MI), and Tom Whalen (Royal Oak, MI).

Underwriting support for the season comes from The Ford Motor Company Fund, The Hamp Family Fund, and the Matilda R. Wilson Fund. Production sponsors for The Vast Difference are Chelsea State Bank, Curtis & Curtis, P.C., and Excelda. All performances will be held at The Purple Rose Theatre Company, 137 Park Street, Chelsea, Michigan 48118.

Founded in 1991 by actor and Chelsea native, Jeff Daniels, The Purple Rose Theatre Company (PRTC) 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.

Tickets are available for purchase now. Ticket reservations can be made by calling The Purple Rose Theatre Company Box Office at (734) 433-7673 or online at

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