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Mercy Street Theatre Presents:

Written by Dakota Parobek
Directed by Jake Fruend

Santa Claus is done with Christmas. No more gifts, no more carols, no more cheer. While on his final sweep of the globe, Saint Nick befriends Laura, a young trans woman just coming to terms with her identity. Santa hides while Laura struggles to be seen as they search for the thing between selfish and selfless.

The performance schedule is as follows:
Thursday, Dec 3 @ 7:30 pm
Friday, Dec 4 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, Dec 5 @ 5:00 pm & 8:00 pm
Sunday, Dec 6 @ 5:00 pm

Tickets are $10 – $15. Purchase at mulchpile.brownpapertickets.com

MERRY CHRISTMAS, MULCH PILE! will be produced in partnership with Chicago House, an organization dedicated to serving disenfranchised individuals and families in the LGBTQ community. At the heart of Dakota Parobek’s yule­tide masterpiece is Laura, a young trans woman working to assert herself in an unwelcoming community. This struggle is an all­too­familiar one for trans and gender nonconforming individuals everywhere. By joining with Chicago House, we are looking to confront the central issues of this play in a meaningful way. For more information about Chicago House, visit http://www.chicagohouse.org/

Directed by Jake Fruend* the production will feature Natalia Nicholson (Laura), Michael Ryczek (Santa), Annelise Dickinson(Mom), Stephen Dunn (Dad), Stephanie Murry (Mrs. Claus), Nellsyn Hill (Tree 1) Nicholas Caesar (Tree 2), Zoe Agapinan (Nurse), Christopher Sylvie (Comet), Juliana Brecher (Elf), and Charlie Davis (Snowman). The creative team includes Becky Cagney(Stage Manager), Jerico Bleu(Dramaturg), Elyse Balogh (Scenic and Props Design), Slick Jorgensen(Lighting Design), Eli Van Sickle (Sound Design), Alaina Moore(Costume Design), Michael Evans(Music Director) and Danielle Stack* (Production Manager)