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Smart Love 01/19–03/04

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CHELSEA—The Purple Rose Theatre Company presents Smart Love, a world premiere play by Grosse Pointe native Brian Letscher, from January 19 through March 4.

Previews, with reduced-price tickets, are available through Thursday Jan. 26; opening night is Friday, Jan. 27. Ticket prices range from $20.50 to $46 with special discounts for students, seniors, teachers, members of the military and groups. For more information or to make reservations call (734) 433-7673 or go to www.purplerosetheatre.org.

Smart Love is the darkly comedic story of a brilliant young man struggling with his father’s sudden death and the revelation that his parents’ marriage wasn’t everything he was led to believe. The play explores the implications and possible ramifications of artificial intelligence and science in general with humor, heartache and potentially devastating consequences. It probes the age-old question: just because we can do a thing, should we?

“Smart Love is an exciting, heartfelt, funny, and ultimately, powerful story of just how far a person will go to keep his family together,” says PRTC Artistic Director Guy Sanville.

Letscher is a graduate of and former football player for the University of Michigan. His PRTC credits include roles in William Inge’s Bus Stop and his own previous play, When the Lights Come On. Letscher wrote the latter play. Now a Los Angeles resident, Letscher has appeared in more than a dozen television shows including “Law & Order,” “Grimm” and “Castle.” He is currently featured in the recurring role of Tom Larsen on ABC’s “Scandal.”

“Artificial intelligence is everywhere,” says Letscher. “It has been for years. It shapes our human experience everyday ­− changing the nature of the connection between individuals and the world, as well as the connections within our own brains and bodies. We cannot stop it. The only thing we can do is choose wisely in terms of how we use it. And even then it may end up using us − whether we know it or not.”

Directed by Guy Sanville, the cast features David Bendena (Chelsea), Sarab Kamoo (Lathrup Village), Wayne David Parker (Dearborn) and Jim Porterfield (Northville). Set design is by Gary Ciarkowski, properties by Danna Segrest, costumes by Shelby Newport, lighting by Dana White and sound by Tom Whalen. Angie Kane Ferrante is the stage manager and Thomas Macias is the assistant stage manager. Michelle Mountain is assistant director.

Contains adult language.

PHOTO: playwright Brian Letscher

 

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Show Times

  • Jan 19, 2017

    8:00 pm

    Preview

  • Jan 20, 2017

    8:00 pm

    Preview

  • Jan 21, 2017

    3:00 pm

    Preview

  • Jan 21, 2017

    8:00 pm

    Preview

  • Jan 22, 2017

    2:00 pm

    Preview

  • Jan 25, 2017

    3:00 pm

    Preview

  • Jan 26, 2017

    8:00 pm

    Preview

  • Jan 27, 2017

    8:00 pm

    Opening

  • Jan 28, 2017

    3:00 pm

  • Jan 28, 2017

    8:00 pm

  • Jan 29, 2017

    2:00 pm

  • Feb 1, 2017

    3:00 pm

  • Feb 2, 2017

    8:00 pm

  • Feb 3, 2017

    8:00 pm

  • Feb 4, 2017

    3:00 pm

  • Feb 4, 2017

    8:00 pm

  • Feb 5, 2017

    2:00 pm

  • Feb 8, 2017

    3:00 pm

  • Feb 9, 2017

    8:00 pm

  • Feb 10, 2017

    8:00 pm

  • Feb 11, 2017

    3:00 pm

  • Feb 11, 2017

    8:00 pm

  • Feb 12, 2017

    2:00 pm

  • Feb 15, 2017

    3:00 pm

  • Feb 16, 2017

    8:00 pm

  • Feb 17, 2017

    8:00 pm

  • Feb 18, 2017

    3:00 pm

  • Feb 18, 2017

    8:00 pm

  • Feb 19, 2017

    2:00 pm

  • Feb 22, 2017

    3:00 pm

  • Feb 23, 2017

    8:00 pm

  • Feb 24, 2017

    8:00 pm

  • Feb 25, 2017

    3:00 pm

  • Feb 25, 2017

    8:00 pm

  • Feb 26, 2017

    2:00 pm

  • Mar 1, 2017

    3:00 pm

  • Mar 2, 2017

    3:00 pm

  • Mar 2, 2017

    8:00 pm

  • Mar 3, 2017

    8:00 pm

  • Mar 4, 2017

    3:00 pm

  • Mar 4, 2017

    8:00 pm

Theater Info

The Purple Rose Theatre Company

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Box Office Phone: 734-433-7673

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137 Park St.

Chelsea, MI 48118