The Purple Rose of Chelsea
University Lithoprinters, Inc. / Ann Arbor, MI 2016
Michigan Notable Book Nominee
“I had a dream to make new American plays – written by Michigan folks – available to theatergoers. I wanted to give Michigan’s twenty-one-year-olds a chance to act in plays directed by local directors, on sets designed and lit by local experts. We’ve done that here at the Rose – and I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished.
I want the Purple Rose to outlast me, to outlast Guy. I want live theater to continue to have a place at the table many, many years from now.
I passed on the things I learned at the Circle Rep to Guy and Michelle, and in turn they have passed them on to generations of apprentices and actors. I would love to think that in one hundred years, I’d still be able to come here, enjoy a play, and see the same commitment to quality theater.” – Jeff Daniels