Mercury Rising: A New Play Competition

Celebrate Mercury Players’ 15th season with an evening of 15-minute, never-before-seen comedies: winners of our biannual play-writing competition, Mercury Rising. The eight best and brightest 15-minute comedies were selected from submissions by unpublished playwrights from throughout the Midwest. They run the comedy gamut from silly to strange to seriously funny; a little something for every comedy taste (or lack thereof). This eclectic evening of kooky comedies will run on the Bartell's Evjue Stage.

Directed by Martinique Barthel:
Dinner Time by Sam Miller (Madison, WI)
Life and Love in Two Dimensions by Jack Novak (Chicago, IL)

Directed by JS Fauquet:
Revenge of Lassie by Jaimie-Lee Wise (Chicago, IL)
The Roaming Gnome by Steve Bartunek (Madison, WI)

Directed by George Gonzalez:
Not Art by Joe Rice (Madison, WI)
The CDI by Samer Yahyawi (Louisville, KY)

Directed by Molly Vanderlin:
Good Enough by Erik Gernand (Chicago, IL)
Rainbow Sprinkles by Stacey Lane (Miamisburg, OH)

Produced by Mercury Players Theater on the Evjue Stage at The Bartell Theatre, 113 E. Mifflin Street,Madison

Performances: April 16 - May 1, 2010

Performance Times: Performance Dates & Times: April 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 & May 1 @ 8 pm; April 25 @ 2 pm

Ticket Prices: Price: Thr/Sun $12, Fri/Sat $15. To purchase tickets online, go to or

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


Auditions for 31 characters of all ages, genders, and species will be held on Saturday, February 27th from 1-3pm at the MercLab: 930 Fair Oaks Avenue; Madison WI. Auditioners will be asked to read from provided scripts; no advance preparation is necessary. Questions? Please contact the show’s Producer, Bonnie Balke at and be sure to put “Mercury Rising” in the subject line.