Willow Run 06/14–09/01Buy Tickets
CHELSEA—The Purple Rose Theatre Company will conclude its 2017-2018 season with Willow Run, an original play featuring the women behind local World War II efforts who became known as Rosie the Riveters. 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.
Leading up to and during World War II, some 40,000 employees, mostly women, migrated from all over the country to turn out B-24 bombers at the rate of one every 55 minutes at the Willow Run Bomber Plant near Ypsilanti, Michigan. Written by Ann Arbor-based playwright Jeff Duncan, Willow Run will bring the journey of four of those women to the stage. Together they encounter a multitude of challenges, learn to endure new sorrows, overcome deep-seated prejudices and forge new friendships.
Directed by Guy Sanville, the cast features Resident Artists Michelle Mountain (Grass Lake), Rhiannon Ragland (Gregory), K. Edmonds (Detroit), Lauren Knox (Milan), Angela Kay Miller (Pinckney), Caitlin Cavannaugh (Chicago, IL), David Bendena (Chelsea), and Brad Phillips (Dexter). Set design is by Sarah Pearline, properties by Danna Segrest, costumes by Susanne Young, lighting by Noele Stollmack and sound by Tom Whalen. Thomas Macias is the stage manager.