2021: New! Hope Canyon

When Covid-19 closed Shakespeare Royal Oak down last summer, founder Ed Nahhat decided to finish writing the play he’d been drafting for a decade, Hope Canyon.

Hope Canyon is the uplifting story of a struggling local theatre company and its artists as they present their final tragedy, Hope Canyon, so poorly that it turns out to be a smash comedy. Ed’s now arranged with Actors Equity Association – and some of Water Works Theatre Company’s veteran actors – to present a FREE on-line reading and live talk-back February 27, 2021.

“It’s time to hear Hope Canyon come to life through this talented cast,” Nahhat said. “With feedback from the live free audience, we hope to refine the work toward a full staged production.”


Sandy Birch as Sandy DeMarco (AEA) (Bio)

Travis Reiff as Travis Milford (Bio)

M. Brian Ogden as Rick Randall (AEA)

Meredith Deighton as Ariana Hanna (Bio)

John Lepard as Dr. Charles Hanna (AEA) (Bio)

Barton Bund as Narrative Reader (Bio)

Shakespeare Royal Oak Artistic Director Sara Cathryn Wolf curated the talk-back.

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