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Ten Questions: With Guy Sanville

Feature April 06, 2020

CHELSEA, Mich.–As a diversion from the Covid-19 lockdown and absence nence of live theater, EncoreMichigan is going to publish a series of “Ten Questions” based on Actors Studio legend James Lipton’s famous questions.

Guy Sanville on left and Jeff Daniels on right

Lipton died recently, so we thought it would be a homage to his contributions, and we could have some fun at the same time while stuck at home.

Guy Sanville is the Artistic Director of The Purple Rose Theatre here, founded by Jeff Daniels. He is in his 25th year in that post. This season, which has been interrupted like every other theatre’s, featured four new world premiere’s, all by Michigan playwrights, including one first-time playwright, Lauren Mounsey, who is a former apprentice at PRT, and has worked as an actor and director at the theatre.

Sanville has been a director, actor and teacher at The Purple Rose, and has, with his colleagues, created a large and broad tree of actors, directors, stage managers and designers that have populated most of the professional theaters in Michigan, and many beyond the state.

Guy Sanville (center) playing Oscar in
The Odd Couple

He is also a proud member of Actors Equity Association and is a passionate believer in unions.

*We added two questions of our own to Lipton’s famous eight.

What is your favorite word? Rose (his daughter).

What is your least favorite word? Trump

What turns you on? Ideas

What Turns You Off? Pettiness, greed, sarcasm

What sound or noise do you love? Laughter…my daughter’s most of all

What sound or noise do you dislike? Trump’s voice

What is your favorite curse-word? Fuck

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Football coach

*What play would you do if you were told you had just one more play? A new one.

*What role remains on your bucket list? Scrooge: I love stories about second chances. I would love to play that moment when he wakes on Christmas morning and realizes he has another chance at life.

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