By Miranda Rose Hall
Directed by Rosina Reynolds
This poetic new play with music follows Ed, a gay Jesuit priest who leaves the Catholic church to reconcile with his estranged brother in an isolated and icy township in Alaska. As Ed confronts his tragic past and tenuous future, he unexpectedly finds love beneath the starry Alaskan sky, and support from an unlikely ally. Introducing an auspicious new voice in American theatre, The Hour of Great Mercy is a tender, insightful and compassionate story about our collective relationship to illness, family, and redemption.
Miranda Rose Hall is a playwright from Baltimore, MD. Her play Plot Points in Our Sexual Development will premiere at LCT3/Lincoln Center in October 2018. She has previously produced her work with Longacre Lea for the DC Women’s Voices in Theater Festival, Samuel French, and the DC Fringe Festival. She has developed her work with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Playwright’s Realm, New York Theater Workshop, Baltimore Center Stage, Woolly Mammoth, NNPN National Showcase of New Plays, the Kennedy Center/NNPN MFA Playwrights Festival, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, and the Orchard Project. She is currently Resident Playwright and ensemble member with LubDub Theatre, a New York-based physical theater company.
Miranda was the 2013-2014 Hot Desk Playwright in Residence at Baltimore Center Stage, where she helped launch the program Wright Right Now. She has taught at Georgetown and Wesleyan University, and as a teaching artist with Baltimore Center Stage, Arena Stage, Young Playwrights Theater, and the O’Neill Playwriting Program at Yale. Miranda spent two years with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest, serving marginalized populations in Anchorage, AK and Missoula, MT. She graduated with her BA from Georgetown University and her MFA from the Yale School of Drama.
Rosina Reynolds (Director) Diversionary Theatre: 2.5 Minute Ride; Marriage Bed; Happy Endings are Extra; Twilight of the Golds; Beautiful Thing; Wrinkles; Another American; Asking and Telling; Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde; Breaking The Code; Lot’s Daughters. Backyard Renaissance Theatre; Zoo Story. New Village Arts: The Secret Garden. North Coast Repertory Theatre: Blithe Spirit; The Cocktail Hour; Fallen Angels; Broken Glass; Glorious; Don’t Dress For Dinner; Relatively Speaking; Importance of Being Earnest; Travesties; An American Daughter; The Sum of Us; Blithe Spirit; Corpse; Rough Crossing; Chekov in Yalta. San Diego Repertory Theatre: Bad Dates. Cygnet Theatre: Atwater, Fixin’ to Die. Renaissance Theatre: Caretaker (San Diego Critics Circle Award). Compass Theatre: Three Days of Rain. Fritz Theatre: Vigil. Gaslamp Quarter Theatre: Marvin’s Room. Founding Artistic Director of Chequamegon Children’s Theatre in Wisconsin, now in our 31st season. Productions have included Music Man; Mary Poppins; Pirates of Penzance; Into the Woods; Fiddler On The Roof; Wizard Of Oz; Oklahoma and Oliver.
Elisa Benzoni (Costume Design) Elisa is thrilled to be working again with Diversionary Theatre. Select credits include: The Loneliest Girl in the World, The Happiest Place on Earth, Homos or Everyone in America, Ballast, Mystery of Love and Sex (Diversionary Theatre), Sex with Strangers (Geffen Playhouse), The Who and The What, Our Town; Tall Girls; Brahaman/I; Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir (La Jolla Playhouse); Constellations (Old Globe); Cloud 9, Romeo and Juliet, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Pericles, Prince of Tyre, Reckless, Much Ado About Nothing and Measure for Measure (USD/Old Globe); The Father, How the Other Half Loves, Of Mice and Men, Travels with my Aunt, The Illusion, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, The Cocktail Hour, Fox on the Fairway(Nominated for a Craig Noel Award), Chapatti, Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Great Nome Gold Rush(North Coast Repertory Theatre); Men on Boats, Secret Garden, Awake and Sing, Sylvia (New Village Arts); Elisa holds a costume design MFA from UCSD. www.elisabenzoni.com
Curtis Mueller (Lighting Designer) returns to Diversionary having designed Bull in a China Shop, The Happiest Place on Earth, Cardboard Piano, Homos, Well, 2.5 Minute Ride, Lizard Boy, Manhandled, Now or Later, A Civil War Christmas, Amazons and Their Men, Man Clan, and A New Brain. Select local credits include: Withering Heights, Margin of Error (Roustabouts Theatre Company); End of The Rainbow, Quality of Life, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, I Hate Hamlet, All My Sons, Macbeth (Intrepid Theatre Company); Big River, The 1940s Radio Hour, Seascape (New Village Arts); Chess in concert, Next to Normal, Spring Awakening (Cabaret at the Merc Summer Series). Curtis has also worked extensively with Coronado School of The Arts. Curtis holds a BFA in Lighting Design from California Institute of The Arts.
Emily Jankowski (Sound Designer) is a Sound Designer and Composer based in Southern California. Diversionary credits: Ballast. Moxie Theater: Blue Door, Brownsville Song (B-side for Tray), Orange Julius,Lesson 443, A Discourse on the Wonders of the Invisible World, Jade Heart. UC San Diego: A Doll House, Titus Andronicus, The Storm, June Moon. The Trip: 3 Plays in a Tattoo Shop, All the Rooms of the House. Additional credits: Ex Machina (NYC Fringe ’13), The Rest of Your Life (Axial NYC). Interactive sound installations: It Should Be Breathing, an installation involving sound generating pressure sensors- a collaboration with MFA print-maker Gretchen Jankowski, Cal State Long Beach alumnus. She holds an MFA in Sound Design for Theatre from UC San Diego, and a BFA from UC San Diego in Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts, Music. Emily is also the Radio Operations Assistant at KPBS and the Technical Director for KPBS Midday Edition.
Jenny Lee (Props Designer)Props Master: La Jolla Playhouse: Latin History For Dummies, Glenngary Glen Ross, Milk Like Sugar, Jesus Christ Superstar; Associate Prop Master: Hunchback Of Notre Dame, Come From Away, Indecent, Hand On A Hardbody, Memphis, Bonnie and Clyde; Stage Management: Mystere Cirque Du Soleil; Education: American Academy of Dramatic Arts www.jennyfaj.com
Taylor Todd (Stage Manager)is so happy to be stage managing at Diversionary this season! Some of her stage management credits include Bull in a China Shop, Mystery of Love and Sex (Diversionary); Bachelorette,
Oh my God do I love this play. I’m proud to produce this World Premiere by Miranda Rose Hall, a thrilling emerging playwright. Incidentally, Miranda’s other play, PLOT POINTS ON OUR SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT, is receiving its World Premiere at Lincoln Center Theatre 3 this Fall, where BULL IN A CHINA SHOP received its World Premiere at the same time last year. Crazy!
THE HOUR OF GREAT MERCY is one of the most compassionate plays I have ever read. It resolutely captures the human spirit yearning for connection, understanding, community, and redemption. This story and its characters ring true on every level. This incredibly special new play with music will fill your heart with affection and your mind with what it means to live and to love one another.
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