CORONANTHOLOGY: THE YEAR WE HELD OUR BREATH, DIGITAL EDITION
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Murder and menace are served up with a healthy helping of pasta and laughter during Breaking Legs, the first Merc Playhouse show of 2020!
by Tom Dulack
Directed by Carolanne Steinebach
Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York
January 10-12 & 16-19
Thursday - Saturday @7pm, Sunday @2pm
Doors open 30 minutes before showtime
Online General Admission (Adult): $18
Online Reserved Seats (Adult): $20
Online Reserved Seats (Youth): $7
At-The-Door General Admission (Adult): $20
At-The-Door General Admission (Youth): $5
Thursday, 1/16 is Admission by Donation.
About Breaking Legs:
The worlds of the Mafia and the Theatre clash hilariously when a professorial playwright seeks funding for his new play from the family of a former student - a family that turns out to be minor Mafia godfathers. The fact that the lusty, unwed daughter of the house falls in love with the playwright only complicates things further, as the playwright has to decide what "offers" he truly "can't refuse"!
Happy New Year! We are very excited to announce our 2020 season which includes four center-stage productions, a partnership production with Liberty Bell High School Drama Company, three Reader's Theater productions PLUS Summer Camp in July. We launch this busy season in less than two weeks with the January 10th opening of Breaking Legs. Find out more about this hilarious comedy and get your tickets here.
Did you hear about our season ticket option? Save a few bucks and buy reserved seats to all four of our center stage productions. Buy now & come back later to reserve your preferred performance date and select your seat.
Regular Price Season Ticket
$72 per person - includes one reserved ticket to all four center-stage productions
Friend of the Merc Season Ticket
(purchased with a minimum donation of $300)
$60 per person - includes one reserved ticket to all four center-stage productions
Buy 2020 Season Tickets Here!
Email for more information or call 509.997.7429
Other ways to save money on ticket costs include buying your ticket online in advance of the performance. Online ticket sales close 60 minutes before showtime and save you $2 plus you get through the ticket line much faster! You can also check out our page on Volunteer Methow each month for concessions volunteer opportunities. Each concessions volunteer receives free admission! It's fun & super easy, and a great way to help us out while seeing a show for free.
Left to right: Amy Sweet, Matt Draggoo, Laurelle Walsh
Sharla Lynn, Marc Holm, Mary Kiesau
Tony Love, Matt Armbrust
From the Director, Missi Smith
Audiences will enjoy Bike America regardless of whether they've ever been on a bike, or on a bike trip across the USA. The play tells the story of Penny, a Millennial, a curious seeker whose character represents a longing many of us can relate to. The theme of self-discovery is ubiquitous, no matter what generation you claim, and while Bike America is an outrageous comedy, it also presents thought-provoking content about love, acceptance, individuality, and the quest for identity. We've warned you that the language and themes are adult, but f-bombs aside, this play brings a contemporary, real-life story to our stage with relatable, quirky, and lovable characters who try to help Penny along her journey. You'll enjoy seeing the cast bring them to life onstage. And then there's the bikes! What fun it has been to create the biking world onstage. 4000 miles and you never have to leave your seat. You don't want to miss that.
We have great plans for 2017! We will further our mission to connect curious seekers through live theater with some very exciting selections. Here is the run-down:
Getting Through, a festival of one-act plays specially curated and directed by Artistic Director Ki Gottberg, opens our season with clever and touching scripts centered on the theme of new beginnings for our New Year.
Next, in March, we will produce The Miss Firecracker Contest, a full-length comedy set in the South about a gal trying to refurbish her reputation through a beauty contest, and directed by former Liberty Bell High School teacher, Jane Orme.
In May, our Tom Zbyszewski Children’s Theater Production will be...wait for it...the beloved Peter Pan, directed and choreographed by Missi Smith. We are looking forward to this beautifully staged version of the story that will involve music, dance, Lost Boys, plus the magic of Tinkerbell! Check our website, facebook, or sign up for our email list to get important information about auditions coming toward the end February.
Later in May, over Memorial Day Weekend, we have the honor of hosting a performance of Words that Burn, a dramatic performance first produced in Portland, which uses the words of William Stafford, along with others, surrounding the theme of war.
After that, our summer production of The Real Inspector Hound, a parody of a “parlor mystery” in the style of an Agatha Christie Murder Mystery, once again directed by Ki, will bring us through August.
Typically, the summer production marks the end of our season, but to better align our season planning with budget planning for our fiscal year, we’ve made the change to a January through December season, beginning in 2017. So, continuing the season into the Fall, we are excited to reprise The Last Salmon in October. Back by popular demand, we are delighted to present this all-ages, all-original, all-locally inspired chamber musical about the life cycle of salmon.
We are then approaching the close of 2017 when we hope to present a very special holiday event that is, at the moment, still in the initial planning phase. Shhh...it's still a secret. Stay tuned for future announcements.
Between and amongst these full productions will be Reader’s Theater productions, plus workshops and children’s theater camps. We plan to continue working with Seattle University to bring their productions to The Merc and we will host all of our usual rental events throughout 2017.
We hope to see you at The Merc for any or all of these offerings throughout 2017.
The holidays are rapidly approaching and we have a full December calendar this month. The first two weekends of December -- starting with the Dec 3 production of Seattle U's The Tempest and going through our Special Holiday Reader's Theater Dec 9, 10 & 11 -- we will have our annual Silent Auction in The Merc Gallery & Lobby. Each year, local businesses and artists donate merchandise, art, and experiences to help us raise money to support our annual operating costs. This means you can come see a show AND do some holiday gift shopping (or pick something up for yourself) while also supporting live theater in The Methow.
We have a great line up of items this year, including:
Fun for the Family:
Fun for the Grown Ups:
Some of our favorites are priceless experiences that are only available here!
Beauty and Pampering:
All these things, plus original art:
Donations from local artists Mary Kiesau of Mountain Kind Photography, Mary Lou McCollum, Nice Nests, Marilyn & Dennis O'Callaghan, Marraci Designs, plus others...
Come check out all of these fun items, plus merchandise from Purple Sage Gallery, Rascals, and Twisp Feed and Rentals.
Bidding begins on December 3rd and ends with the closing of the Holiday Reader's Theater on December 11th. Want to check on your bid during that window of time? Call Missi at 997-7529 or email her to see if you need to increase your bid to win your gift.
Join us for a very special Opening Night!
Opening night is always special. The energy surrounding the start of a run of performances comes after a long, dedicated rehearsal schedule and a lot of hard work. The director, the actors, and the technical crew anxiously await the evening when all the work pays off and an audience finally sees the show. This cast and crew is no exception. They are READY and they have WORKED hard! We are very excited to have a house full of guests this evening, but tonight is special for more than one reason.
Tonight, we dedicate the run of our Wind in the Willows performances to Tom Zbyszewski. In the theater, we honor people by dedicating live performance. As performing artists, though, the nature of our work is somewhat fleeting. The work we do does not end in a sculpture, or a bench, or a memorial plaque. At the end of the night, it's over. The impact must live on in the hearts of those onstage as well as in the audience.
When considering this, we at The Merc decided that there was a more lasting way we could honor Tom's memory in our theater. We have a thriving children's theater program here, and Tom was one of the young actors to be a part of our program in its very early stages. We always hope for young actors like Tom who come back season after season to play onstage and eventually mentor the youngest ones coming in after them. Tom was among some of the first children to fulfill that role for us and help our program grow to where it is today with over forty children auditioning for this very production of The Wind in the Willows. Without the original group of kids that Tom was a part of, this program would not have grown to where it is today.
The next choice made sense - let's name our whole program after Tom. He was a shining star as a young actor here, and he remained a friend after moving to college. He came back and checked in, he sat in the audience, he continued to support our mission and be a part of our family. He had plans to come back someday and perform on our stage again. Though that friendship has been tragically cut short, we can continue to honor Tom the way he honored us by continuing our work with children while his name is part of our program.
Tonight is for you, Tom. But not just tonight. Tomorrow night, and Sunday, and next weekend. And all that we do to influence young actors. We do it in your memory and to honor your dedication to your community.
There's a lot going on at The Merc in the coming days - so mark your calendars and don't miss these events:
Today & Saturday at 7:00, Sunday at 2:00 - The final three performances of The Last Salmon. Tickets are selling quickly - get yours now. Hopping with tuneful live music and charming characters, this show entertains folks of all ages. Bring the kids, or bring a date and enjoy an evening of fun this weekend.
Sunday at 6:00 & Monday at 4:00 - Auditions for our Children's Theater production of The Wind and The Willows. Click for more information and to download your audition form. Turn in forms before auditions on Sunday so Rod can plan accordingly.
And if that's not enough - next week rehearsals begin for our next Reader's Theater Production:
March 18th & 19th 7:00 PM - Snapshots, written by Cynthia Mercati & directed by Jane Orme
Featuring: Erika Halm, Dani Golden, Heidi Andersen, Robin Nelson-Wicks, Anne Andersen, & Lynn Swan.
A contemporary comedy, Snapshots draws its humor from three best friends, played in their younger years by Erika, Dani, and Heide and in their more mature years by Robin, Anne, and Lynn. Through a montage of monologues and scenes, these three women obsess and confess as they go from their teens in the 60’s into present day.
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