Indiana playwright Mark Rigney was in Marquette, Michigan for the world premier of his award winning play Bears. The production ran from November 14-17, 2012 at The Forest Roberts Theatre at Northern Michigan University. The story of Bears is a story of relationships and survival of a small group of bears after a human apocalypse. Two bears, Timmy Bear (Shane Vincent) and Growl Bear (Adam Lowe) survive in a zoo. Suzy Wild Bear (Jackie Wiles) lures Timmy Bear and Growl Bear into the wilderness where the question of where do bears belong in this new time is explored.
Bears was directed by Keli Truckey. The Forest Roberts Theatre Director is Ansley Valentine. Mark Rigney is the winner of the Panowski Playwriting Competition in 2012. This production was the world premier stage production of Bears.
Rademacher Photography attended production rehearsals and made production stills for the theatre, cast, and playwright. You can see some select images below...
(l-r) Growl Bear, Timmy Bear, and Susie Wild Bear in the play Bears by Mark Rigney
Production still of Bears.
Growl and Timmy begging for food at the zoo.
Susie Wild Bear shocks Timmy Bear and Growl Bear with her carnivorous antics.
Growl Bear in final scene.
Final visual effect in Bears production.
Thank you to cast, crew, the director, the NMU theatre director, and playwright for their patience and help in making these and many more images.