Mercury Festival 2022

Pioneer Courthouse Square
June 1 – June 5

A weeklong festival of in-person concert stagings of new plays developed online by ART during the 18 months that the theatre was closed due to the pandemic.

Refugee Rhapsody

June 4 - June 4, 2022
The Welcome Dome @ Pioneer Courthouse Square

Staged Reading June 4, 2022 @ 2pm written by Yussef El Guindi Sakinah, an Arab American woman, undergoes a mental health evaluation to determine what led to the violent crime she committed against Emily, a rich heiress. The play explores...

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Why This Night

June 3 - June 3, 2022
The Welcome Dome @ Pioneer Courthouse Square

Staged Reading June 7, 2022 @ 7pm written by Dan Kitrosser It’s 1881 and Motke, the ne’er-do-well alcoholic Jewish homosexual novelist who can’t quite finish his novel, returns to his parents’ shtetl on the eve of a Passover seder unlike...

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Beheading Columbus

June 4 - June 4, 2022
The Welcome Dome @ Pioneer Courthouse Square

Staged Reading June 4, 2022 @ 5pm written by Diana Burbano Beheading Columbus follows two sisters down a trail of DNA deception and makes them face race and colorism in the Latinx community and in their own family. Lana looks...

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Fight Call

June 5 - June 5, 2022
The Welcome Dome @ Pioneer Courthouse Square

Staged Reading @ 2 pm written by Sarah Mantell Fight Call, Curtains up on an ensemble of actors who have dedicated their lives to performing Shakespeare’s work. But what happens to us and our relationships when we tell the same stories over...

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Sabor

June 2 - June 2, 2022
The Welcome Dome @ Pioneer Courthouse Square

Staged Reading June 2, 2022 @ 7pm written by AnaSofía Villanueva Sabor is a story of a mixed-race Latina, Clara, in search of her place within the elite culinary world and among her relationships. After the passing of her abuelo,...

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Sodara

June 5 - June 5, 2022
The Welcome Dome @ Pioneer Courthouse Square

Staged reading June 5, 2022 @ 5pm written by Derek Kolluri & Deven Kolluri Two cousins, STU and SOL, are seeing each other for the first time in years. STU, a PhD candidate in cultural anthropology, is finally beginning to...

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The Great God of the Dark Storm Cloud

June 1 - June 1, 2022
The Welcome Dome @ Pioneer Courthouse Square

Staged Reading June 1, 2022 @ 7pm written by Josie Seid A contemporary retelling of the Greek tragedy Hecuba as told from an African American perspective, integrating modern themes and concepts. A principal, haunted by a school shooting, uncovers a...

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Running Minds

June 1 - June 3, 2022
The Welcome Dome @ Pioneer Courthouse Square

Film Screening begins at 9pm by Crystal Kralian Running Minds is a glimpse into the mind of someone struggling with depression and the journey towards undoing the stigma and harm of societal norms programmed into them over a lifetime. At PHAME,...

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Dream Team

June 1 - June 3, 2022
The Welcome Dome @ Pioneer Courthouse Square

Film Screening begins at 9pm by Brian Peccia Dream Team is an animated video following Brian and his family as they struggle to be heard and seen by the system that they are forced into because Brian has a rare brain...

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