A Futuristic Romance by Nick Payne

This spellbinding journey begins with a simple encounter between a man and a woman. But what happens next defies the boundaries of the world we think we know - delving into infinite possibilities and raising questions about the difference between choice and destiny. Through a dizzying fugue fo vignettes, Marianne and Roland's relationship unfolds across time and space, with each variation sending them on an entirely new trajectory.


Thursday, November 9th at 7:30pm

Friday, November 10th at 7:30pm

Saturday, November 11th at 1:00pm

Saturday, November 11th at 7:30pm

Thursday, November 16th at 7:30pm

Friday, November 17th at 7:30pm

Saturday, November 18th at 1:00pm

Saturday, November 18th at 7:30pm


Tickets are $15 for general public, $10 for students, and $5 for NMU students.

Located in the Forest Roberts Theatre.

Cast List


  Marianne Taylor Ehle
  Roland Max Stevens
  Standby Marianne Kortney Manchip
  Standby Roland Devin Murphy


* indicates work down in partial fulfillment of Senior Capstone

† indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.



Creative Team

Director Shelley Russell
Scenic Designer Victor G. Holliday
Lighting Designer David Pierce
Costume Designer Shelley Russell
Sound Designer Bill Digneit
Technical Director David Pierce
Production Stage Manager Emily Baker


† indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.



Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Director Lindsey Miller
Assistant Lighting Designer Lily Howder
Assistant Sound Designer Anna LaBreche
Master Electrician Hannah Cormier
Light Board Operator  Emily Baker
Sound Board Operator Anna LaBreche

† indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.




Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew

Helen Boburka, Hannah Danforth, Danae DeValve, Regan McKay, Erin Perry, Sabrina Nelson, Taylor Ehle, Esther Teng

Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters Dakota Vogel, Anna LaBreche†, Hannah Cormier, Emily Baker, Helen Boburka, Audree Stephens, Marissa Bekkering, Jacob Stipe
Lighting and Sound Supervisor Dan Zini
Box Office Manager Bill Digneit
Assistant Box Office Manager Lily Howder
Box Office Staff Lilith Kontos, Sam Cole, AJ Stephens, Amber Urban, Regan McKay†, Heidy Paz, Jordan Coutcher, Jordan Howell, Emily Kendall, Nathan Zaremba
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† indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Cast Bios

Taylor Ehle (Marianne) is an Environmental Studies and Sustainability major in her final year at Northern Michigan University. In the past, she has portrayed Chris Gorman in Neil Simon’s Rumors and Vita Louise Simmons in Mary Chase’s Harvey. At NMU, she has performed as Brooke in Noises Off. Additionally, working in the costume shop has enabled Taylor to dive further into the theatre and bring the experience full circle. She will continue working with Northern’s other talented seamstresses as the Assistant Costume Designer for the upcoming spring musical, Tarzan.

Max Stevens (Roland) is a freshman from Farmington, Michigan. This is Max’s first college theatre production and he could not be more excited! Max found his love for theatre his junior year of high school, when he played Gregor Yousekevitch in Neil Simon’s “Fools”, alongside his close friends. He hopes you thoroughly enjoy the show, and is thrilled to have had the opportunity to be a part of Constellations. He looks forward to being a part of the NMU theatre family going forward.

Kortney Manchip (Standby Marianne) is a sophomore at NMU and has been in numerous productions in the past, including Cabaret (Frauline Kost) at the Historic Vista Theatre in Negaunee, and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Veruca Salt), The Great Gatsby (Jordan Baker), Alice in Wonderland (Alice), and many others in high school. At NMU, she has appeared in The Addams Family. She was also nominated for the 2016 Michigan Statewide Musical Theatre Awards. She'd like to send a shout out to her parents, Jordon, Tara, Jared, and Marissa for giving her their unconditional love and support.

Devin Murphy (Standby Roland) is a Theatre major and Communications minor at Northern Michigan University. He has appeared in Les Miserables (Forest Roberts Theatre), Chicago (Forest Roberts Theatre), Spamalot (Lake Superior Theatre), King Lear (Lake Superior Theatre), The Ten Minute Play Festival (Black Box Theatre), Holdin' Our Own (Forest Roberts Theatre), The Secret Garden (Forest Roberts Theatre), The Producers (Lake Superior Theatre), Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? (Lake Superior Theatre), Where a Certain Future (Black Box Theatre), and Scrooge! (Forest Roberts Theatre).


Creative Team Bios

Shelley Russell (Director/Costume Design) is a professor of theatre arts at NMU. Shelley teaches a variety of courses, including playwriting and stage combat. She's directed over fifty productions including Beauty and the Beast, RENT, Romeo and Juliet, Peter Pan and Legally Blonde. She enjoys all aspects of theatre, and has acted and sung in numerous productions, created dance and fight choreography, designed costumes and written plays and musicals which have been honored by the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award Competition, KCACTF, the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of Michigan. She served as executive director for LST and in 2011 was honored by NMU with the Distinguished Faculty Award. Playwriting credits include Holdin' Our Own, Beacon on the Rock, Haywire, Points North, and Water, Woman. 

Victor G. Holliday (Scenic Design) has been the designer for the Forest Roberts Theatre since 1982, and also served as technical director from 1982-2000. He holds a bachelor of arts in phsychology from St. Johns University (Minnesota), and his master of fine arts in scenic design from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Before coming to NMU, he was designer and technical director at Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey). Vic has also designed for summer and community theatre companies in Hawaii, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Jersey, and North Carolina. Outside of the theatre, his major interests are history (particularly military and naval history), ship modeling (pre-deadnought steel navy), and he is an active ailurophile.

David Pierce (Light Design/Technical Director) came to NMU from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY where he had been technical director for the department of theatre and dance. Other TD credits include Adirondack Theatre Festival, Little Theatre on the Square, and Four Seasons Theatre Company. David holds a BS in construction management from Ferris State University and an MFA in theatre technology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his spare time, he loves to be outdoors. He enjoys hiking, boating, fishing, biking, and bonfires. He's also a boisterous Tigers fan!

Bill Digneit (Sound Design) is the owner of Double Trouble Entertainment. He received his M.F.A. in Technical Production and Design at Florida State University.

Emily Baker (Stage Manager) is a sophomore here at NMU. She is a Theatre major with a concentration in tech. Her previous shows with the FRT include The Myths & Bricks Project (Stage Manager), Building Madness (ASM), and The Addams Family (ASM). Emily also works in the FRT Scene Shop, where she basically lives. She would like to thank the FRT for all the opportunities that she has already been given and looks forward to the rest of her time here at Northern. Emily would also like to thank the Jonas Brothers for getting her through the long work day.