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Laugh out loud during the Theatre Company's new comedy "Somebody/Nobody"

January 31, 2014

Obsessed with celebrities? Jane Martin’s screwball comedy about America’s fixation with celebrity and fame continues The Theatre Company’s 43rd season at University of Detroit Mercy. Dr. Arthur J. Beer directs this hilarious comedy that takes direct aim at Hollywood and celebrity culture. Somebody/Nobody runs six performances, February 7 through 16, at the Marygrove Theatre.

Imagine what a day would be like if a B-movie starlet pounded on your front door, bloodied and bedraggled in gold lame, demanding… well, everything! So begins Jane Martin’s Somebody/Nobody, a hilarious romp that takes more than one stab at the cult of celebrity.


Loli (Claire Hardy) is a homespun ‘nobody’ who ran away from Flatt, Kansas with a dream of making it big. The dazed and bruised celebrity who shows up at Loli’s unglamorous L.A. apartment door is none other than Sheena Keener (Michelle Renaud), a self-proclaimed goddess and award-winning ‘somebody’, searching for escape from the prying eyes of the public. Throw in a vampire-wannabe celebrity stalker, a backwoods bounty hunter, and a talent agent as big as a galaxy, and this unlikely story unfolds with sidesplitting twists and turns that will leave the audience sore from laughter.

The cast features Theatre Company alumna Michelle Renaud (Troy, MI) as Sheena, opposite UDM newcomer Claire Hardy (Holly, MI) as Loli. Theater Company alumnus Eric Maher (Emmaus, PA) as Joe Don joins UDM student Shaunte McArthur (Detroit, MI) as Stalker and Judo Manko (Dearborn, MI) as Galaxy.

The production crew includes Director Dr. Arthur J. Beer (Warren, MI), alumnus Stage Manager Mathew Lira (Toledo, OH), Scenic and Costume Designer Melinda Pacha (Royal Oak, MI), Lighting Designer and Technical Director Rudy Schupebach (Detroit, MI), and Director of Marketing and Management Greg Grobis (Detroit, MI).

Claire Hardy as Loli and Michelle Renaud as Sheena

Claire Hardy as Loli and Michelle Renaud as Sheena in UDM Theatre Company’s Somebody/Nobody.

Somebody/Nobody runs February 7, 8, 14, 15 at 8:00 p.m. and February 9 and 16 at 2:00 p.m. at the Marygrove Theatre on the campus of Marygrove College, 8425 W. McNichols Rd. The UDM Alumni afterglow will occur following the performance on Saturday, February 8, 2014 and a talkback will occur with the Director and cast after Sunday February 9, 2014’s performance.

Adult admission is $20. Discount admission for UDM Faculty, Staff, Alumni, Donors and Detroit residents are $17. Student admission is $10. UDM and Marygrove student admission is $5. Group tickets are available for parties of 10 or more. Contact Lisa Rybak at 313-993-3270 for group pricing.

Box Office hours of operation are NOON through 5:00p.m., Tuesday through Friday. The box Office will move to the theater for performances and open one hour prior to curtain. For tickets, call the theater box office at 313-993-3270. For more information visit us online at or

The Theatre Company at University of Detroit Mercy continues its mission of providing the Metro Detroit community with thoughtful, high-quality and professional productions while centering on social justice issues in our community. The Theatre Company offers students of the Performing Arts Department the opportunity to work on and off stage with theater professionals. By working with professional directors and associate guest artists, students are encouraged to work at a high level, producing rapid growth throughout their undergraduate education. For more information on becoming a student or an associate guest artist, please contact Greg Grobis at 313-993-3273.

UDM’s Theatre Company - Somebody/Nobody
Fact Sheet

WHAT: Somebody/Nobody By Jane Martin

WHEN: February 7, 8*, 14, 15 at 8:00 p.m., February 9** and 16 at 2:00 p.m., *Afterglow ** Talkback

WHERE: Marygrove College Theatre located at 8425 W. McNichols Rd, Detroit, MI 48221

WHO: UDM Theatre Company

  • Director: Dr. Arthur J. Beer Stage Manger: Mathew Lira
  • Scenic and Costume Designer: Melinda Pacha
  • Lighting Designer and Technical Director: Rudy Schupebach
  • Director of Marketing and Management: Greg Grobis


  • Claire Hardy (Holly and Madison Heights, MI) as Loli
  • Michelle Renaud (Troy, MI) as Sheena
  • Eric Maher (Emmaus, PA and West Bloomfield, MI) as Joe Don
  • Shaunte McArthur (Detroit, MI) as Stalker
  • Judo Manko (Dearborn, MI) as Galaxy
  • Olivia Ray (Clinton Township, MI) as Beverly


  • $20.00 Adult admission
  • $17 Discount Adult Admission,
  • $10.00 Student admission
  • $5 UDM and Marygrove Student admission

Students must provide identification when purchasing tickets. Group rates available. Call the box office for details.

BOX OFFICE: 313-993-3270

Reno Hall 043 Box Office - 4001 W. McNichols Rd, 48221
Hours: Tuesday - Friday 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Mastercard, Visa, Discover are accepted

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