Significant Other


An Unromantic Romantic Comedy

Written by Joshua Harmon

Jordan Berman would love to be in love, but that’s easier said than done. So until he meets Mr. Right, he wards off lonely nights with his trio of close girlfriends. But as singles nights turn into bachelorette parties, Jordan discovers that the only thing harder than finding love is supporting the loved ones around you when they do.

From the critically acclaimed writer who brought you Bad Jews, this play is going to give you all the feels!


Thursday, February 13 at 7:30pm

Friday, February 14 at 7:30pm

Saturday, February 15 at 1:00pm (Theatre for All Performance)

Saturday, February 15 at 7:30pm

Wednesday, February 19 at 7:30pm

Thursday, February 20 at 7:30pm

Friday, February 21 at 7:30pm

Saturday, February 22 at 7:30pm


Tickets are $17 for the general public, $12 for NMU Faculty/Staff, Seniors, and Military, $10 for students, and $5 for NMU students.

Located in the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre.


Cast List

Jordan Marcus Bechek
Laura Michaella Maningo
Vanessa Lee Johnson
Kiki Kate Karling
Conrad, Zach Christian Sharp
Evan, Roger Noah Proctor
Will, Toby Ben Bures
Helene Lois Stanley

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


Creative Team

Director Shelley Russell
Scenic Designer Taylor Venegas
Lighting Designer Victor G. Holliday
Costume Designer Joel Shinavier
Sound Designer Dan Zini
Properties Master Keli Crawford-Truckey
Technical Director Ross W. Johnson
Production Stage Manager Clair Kaminski

Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior capstone.

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


Additional Artistic Staff

Director's Assistants Kelsey Ampe, Brooke Perttu, Kiera Wyckhuys
Master Electrician Dan Zini
Board Operator Evan Honig
Wardrobe Kelsey Ampe, Brooke Perttu
Run Crew Emma Block

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honors Society.


Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew Erin Culp, Frances Dykema, Masie Johnson, Megan Hibbard, Kate Karling, Joel Shinavier, Zoe Zimmer
Scene Shop Foreman Ross W. Johnson
Carpenters and Painters Emily Baker, Sylvia Bednarczyk, Emily Kendall, Ethan Rickert, Audree Stephens, Alec Vanhorn, Taylor Venegas
Lighting and Sound Supervisor Dan Zini
Electrics Crew Mike Banks, Seth Bowen, Evan Honig, William Squires, Aubrey Wolck
Prop Artisans Keli Crawford-Truckey, Hannah Carey
Theatre and Dance Marketing Manager Lilith Kontos
Theatre and Dance Marketing and Box Office Staff Emma Block, Leah Danielson, Cami Fischer, Gracie Fries, Abby Macek, Jacob Laitinen, Marina Morse, Micah Munts, Sophie Sam
Photographers NMU Marketing
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† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honors Society.


Cast Bios

Lee Johnson (Vanessa) is a third year student at Northern Michigan University who is majoring in digital cinema with a minor in theatre. This is her very first production here at the FRT; she has always been involved behind the camera and finally decided to let go and shine her personality on stage! Lee wants to strengthen her acting skills and entertain people. She thanks her mom for always supporting her and is determined to someday perform on television and also do comedy.

Kate Karling (Kiki) has been acting since 2016 when she entered her first role as Essie in You Can't Take It With You at Theatre North in Ironwood, MI. Being born and raised in the U.P., Kate has had a uniquely picturesque upbringing. She has been so very lucky to have had such inspiring surroundings through the many ups and downs of growing up and chasing dreams. She hopes that you enjoy the journey that Significant Other brings you on. Playing Kiki has been an extraordinarily fun opportunity, and Kate hopes you enjoy as many laughs during this performance as the cast had in the process of preparing it. And, please...excuse her French. Sorry, Mom. 

Christian Sharp (Conrad, Zachis new to the theatre world, but has worked previously on A Christmas Story as the Voice on Radio and a member of the family ensemble. He learned a lot from that show and is excited to work under Shelley. He is most excited to learn and grow more as an actor and to work on character development. He is very thankful for this opportunity!

Creative Team Bios

Shelley Russell (Director) 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. 

While the world has been turning all of this time, Taylor Venegas (Scenic Design) has been waiting for you to see the conceptions she has created for this production. As a fervent student of technical theatre at Northern Michigan University, Taylor has previously contributed her artistic passions and scenic design skills as an assistant on Beauty and the Beast, Mamma Mia!, and The Full Monty. While she knows you'll enjoy the show, she hopes that you appreciate yourselves just the same... as a treat.

Victor G. Holliday (Lighting 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 psychology 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.

Joel Shinavier (Costume Design) is from Grand Rapids MI and is a second year theatre student at Northern. He has been involved in many productions working backstage including Sweeney Todd, Beauty and the Beast, and The Full Monty.  He hopes to use his degree to pursue a career working with costumes in theatre or beyond.

Clair Kaminski (Production Stage Manager) is a second semester freshman pursuing a degree in theatre and entertainment arts with a concentration in technical theatre. This is her first time as PSM for a college production, so she is very excited and grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of Significant Other. Theatre at NMU has offered her much more than she expected in her first couple of semesters of college, so she is looking forward to her continued participation in the NMU Department of Theatre and Dance in the years to come.