(a play about poison)

description

In 1780 Danbury, Connecticut at the height of the Revolutionary War, sad sack Zoe Benedict has stumbled upon a process by which to make hats using a nitrate of mercury. Renewed with revolution and purpose, Zoe launches the first American hatting industry. Business goes mad, but so does Zoe, and his simple feat of entrepreneurship transforms into a nightmare as the mind of the man and the environment of Connecticut turn toxic. An adventure based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice stories, Danbury legend and the problem of heavy metal contamination.  

Impossible question 

How do we progress without knowing the consequences?

 

artists & HISTORY

MERCURY was co-created by Brian Belcinski, Alison Marie Bryant, Tommy Dickie, Danny Gardner, Corey Johnson, and Jeremy Pickard. A first draft of MERCURY was developed over the course of 2007-2008 in NYC and at The Dragon's Egg retreat center in Connecticut, and was produced at The Tank in NYC. A second draft was made in 2009 and subsequently toured to southern Connecticut and premiered at Flux Factory in NYC. 

The company for The Tank production:

Directed by Jeremy Pickard
Performed by Brian Belcinski, Alison Marie Bryant, Tommy Dickie, Danny Gardner, and Corey Johnson
Sound Design by Jillian Flaherty-Patterson
Set and Props by Meredith Ries
Costumes by Sarah Gosnell
Production Assistance by Sarah Hughes 

The company for the CT tour and Flux Factory production:

Directed by Jeremy Pickard
Performed by Brian Belcinski, Alison Marie Bryant, Danny Gardner, Corey Johnson, and Eugene Oh
ound Design by Liz Stanton
Lighting Design by Bruce Steinberg
Stage Management by Alex Krasser
Production Assistance by Sarah Hughes and Maria Portman Kelly