Diva Royale 09/20–12/29Buy Tickets
CHELSEA—The Purple Rose Theatre Company will open its 28th season with Diva Royale, a world premiere comedy by founder Jeff Daniels. Ticket prices range from $21 to $47 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.
The play follows the exploits of three midwestern stay-at-home moms who plan a last minute trip to NYC to see their favorite star, Celine Dion, perform, and maybe to experience a bit of the romance lacking in their lives. However, as soon as they get on the plane things go very wrong.
Performances run from Thursday, Sept. 20 through Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018. Previews, with reduced-price tickets, are available through Thursday, Sept. 27. Opening night is Friday, Sept. 28.
Directed by Guy Sanville, the cast features resident artists Rhiannon Ragland (Gregory), Rusty Mewha (Plymouth), Kate Thomsen (Portage) and Kristen Shields (Ann Arbor). Set design is by Gary Ciarkowski, properties by Danna Segrest, costumes by Shelby Newport, lighting by Dana L. White, projections by Robert W. Hubbard and sound by Tom Whalen. Angie Kane Ferrante is the stage manager.
Diva Royale marks Daniels’ 18th world premiere at The Rose. His most notable works include Flint (2018), Escanaba in da Moonlight (1995), Across the Way (2002 American Theatre Critics Association Best New Play Finalist), and Guest Artist (2006 American Theatre Critics Association Best New Play Runner-Up).
This year Daniels has also earned two Emmy nominations for his roles in “Looming Tower” (Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie) and “Godless” (Outstanding supporting actor in a limited series or a movie).
Photo: Guy Sanville and Jeff Daniels.