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. He spends his days hiding under a bridge while Laura grows into adulthood and struggles to be seen.

In this yule-tide masterpiece, equal parts poignant and madcap, two best friends search for the thing between selfish and selfless.


Merry Christmas, Mulch Pile ran December 3-6, 2015 at The Hairpin Arts Center

Playwright Dakota Parobek*
Director Jake Fruend*

Laura Natalia Nicholson
Santa Claus Michael Ryczek
Mom Annelise Dickinson
Dad Stephen Dunn
Mrs. Claus Stephanie Murphy
Tree 1 Nellsyn Hill
Tree 2 Nicholas Caesar
Nurse Zoe Agapinan
Comet Christopher Sylvie
Elf Juliana Brecher
Snowman Charlie Davis

Set Designer Elyse Balough
Lighting Designer Slick Jorgensen
Costume Designer Alaina Moore
Sound Designer Eli Van Sickel
Production Manager Danielle Stack*
Stage Manager Becky Cagney

* denotes Mercy Street Resident

Photography by Christopher Semel