December 8 - 11, 2016

Santa Claus has quit his job, run away, and is living under a bridge in suburban America. His best friend is Laura, a young trans woman working to gain the acceptance of her Mother and Father, who always ruin everything. Laura and Santa encounter singing trees, collectivist elves, and adulthood in their quest to find the thing between selfish and selfless.

A moving and madcap adventure by poet and resident playwright Dakota Parobek returns to Mercy Street in this encore production, staged as a classic holiday radio play.

Merry Christmas, Mulch Pile! ran December 8-11, 2016
at The Chicago Actors Studio, and was produced in partnership with Project Fierce Chicago.


playwright Dakota Parobek*
director Jake Fruend*
production designer Alaina Moore*
lighting designer Slick Jorgensen*
set decorator Christopher Semel
technical director Jordan Siragusa
production manager Camille Smith
stage manager Amanda Gustafsson

Laura Alexia Jasmene
Santa Nicholas Caesar
Mom Annelise Dickinson
Dad Andrew Clancey
Mrs. Claus Heather Branham Green
Comet Chris Sylvie
Tree Ian Michael James*
Tree Kelsey Wang
Elf Samantha Michelle Nava
Elf Sonja Lynn Mata*
Snowman Clint Worthington*

* denotes Mercy Street Resident