Mercy Street Theatre Company is thrilled to announce our partnership with Chicago House for the production of Merry Christmas, Mulch Pile!

At the heart of Dakota Parobek’s yule-tide masterpiece is Laura, a young trans woman working to assert herself in an unwelcoming community. This struggle is an all-too-familiar one for trans and gender non-conforming individuals everywhere. And it’s an issue that is only solved by raising public awareness and respect for members of the trans community.

For over 30 years, Chicago House has been serving disenfranchised individuals and families in the LGBTQ community by providing housing, employment services, legal services, medical linkage and retention services, HIV prevention services, and other supportive programs.

We here at Mercy Street spend our time examining “the modern myth,” epic plays that tie us together and give us a common purpose. As storytellers, we seek to cultivate unity and provoke the conversations that move us forward. By joining hands with Chicago House, we are looking to confront the central issues of this play in a meaningful way.

At every performance of Merry Christmas, Mulch Pile!, we'll be accepting donations for TransWorks, a program which aims to advance employment and work opportunities for transgender individuals. Our audience can also look forward to rousing post-show discussions with the cast, crew, and Chicago House team as well as local trans artists and educators.

We hope that this partnership and production will empower our audience to join the fight for trans rights in the season of giving.

We are proud to have Chicago House joining us on our quest to cultivate unity through theatre.