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Workshop Readings: A Complicated Hope

Live Readings of the 2021 Panowski Playwriting Award Winner
Written by John Mabey

Our biennial Panowski Playwriting Competition is back this year with a brand new work! Audiences are invited to join us via Zoom for live readings of this year's winning play, A Complicated Hope by John Mabey. The story follows Marie and her daughter, Rose Marie, who are left adrift after their husband/father, Michael, passes away. But it's how he leaves that alters the lives of the family forever. Arnie, Michael's boyfriend, yearns to heal those who've been hurt and unexpectedly discovers a family of his own. Mirroring the erratic path of grief itself, this beautiful play flashes between the moments in time that changed them all. Their journeys explore the challenges of both finding a family of choice and letting yourself be found.

Friday, June 4th and Saturday, June 5th at 7:30pm

Tickets are $17 General Public, $12 NMU Employee/Senior/Military, and $5 NMU Students. 


A Zoom link will be emailed to ticket holders before their chosen date.

Cast List


Marie Kimberly Ridgeway
Rose Marie Amarae Robinson
Arnie Adam Maslak

Creative Team


Playwright John Mabey
Playwriting Competition Coordinator Lilith Kontos
Producer Bill Digneit
Readers Keli Crawford-Truckey, Sophie Sam

Forest Roberts Theatre Summer Staff


Director of Theatre Bill Digneit
Production Manager Bill Digneit
Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Properties Artisan/Manager Keli Crawford-Truckey
Lighting Supervisor Dan Zini
Sound Supervisor Bill Digneit
Marketing Manager Lilith Kontos
Summer Work Crew Megan Hibbard, Erin Hope, Clair Kaminski, Aubrey Wolck