“Love is merely a madness.”

All the world’s a stage in one of Shakespeare’s most enchanting comedies. Music and poetry escort romance into the Forest of Arden where best friends stick together and love notes grow on trees. Our playful production is filled with flirtatious disguise, witty encounters, inventive puppetry, original music, and some of Shakespeare’s most famous phrases. Professional out-of-town actors Erika Vetter, Adam Fontana, and Zachary Chiero appear as Rosalind, Orlando, and Touchstone, joining a company of experienced and talented locals in the show that gave Merely Players our name.

Preshow Plot chats are offered before each show and the show is appropriate for the entire family.

SEPTEMBER 23, 24, 29, 30, and OCTOBER 1, 2022 at 7:00 pm

SEPTEMBER 25 and OCTOBER 2 at 2:00 pm

These Individual Tickets are also on sale at this time. Grab yours now.











announces open AUDITIONS for

Adapted by Ken Ludwig



Monday, October 10 and Tuesday, Oct 11, 2022 at 6:00 PM.
Merely Underground, 789 Tech Center Drive 


As you remember, we lost The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 to Covid last year during our final dress week. Naturally, that was devastating to the company and to each individual involved. To honor the hard work that they put in on that show, we offered the cast members from MCM first right of refusal for the roles in Murder on the Orient Express. They have not been cast in specific roles yet, but will be placed somewhere in the show.  

All of the male roles and three for the female are spoken for, but we are holding open auditions for two more female-identifying adults.

Audition sides are posted below.

Please be familiar with them for a reading at auditions. You may also be asked to do a cold reading from the play.


We are also looking for fun and capable people to be backstage technicians. We can train you. Please come to the audition dates for a tech interview or email us at

 to express your interest.



Mondays – Thursdays, January 2 – Feb. 16, 2023 with no rehearsal the week of Feb. 6.

Show Runs: FEBRUARY 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 2023 at 7:00 pm

FEBRUARY 19 and 26 at 2:00 pm

If you have conflicts, please note them on your audition form. It is possible that we can work around a date or two.



FEBRUARY 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 2023 

Questions? Contact director Zachary Chiero at

 We hope to see you there!

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We have designed our new space with a state-of-the-art ventilation system, so that you can breathe easy. We have a main ventilation system that is rated at 4 tons and have added an Energy Recovery Ventilator system, which is Energy Star rated and conditions 120 cubic feet of air per minute, expelling some of the air and intaking fresh air.  Both air streams run through the HEPA filter system, which removes 99% of particles as small as 0.1 microns from the air it filters. We also installed a UV anti-bacteria/virus unit rated to match our space. The UV light can help eliminate many types of fungi, bacteria, mold, germs, viruses, and pathogens. Additionally, we have installed an ionization unit, making it easier for dust, dander, pollen, bacteria and viruses to be filtered out of the air.

“Thy safety being the motive” – King Lear




*Important Announcements

*Information about Auditions

*Things You Need to Know


Merely Players believes that theatre belongs to everyone. All employees, volunteers, and audience members – whatever their race, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability or disability – are welcomed, supported, and valued.

Merely Players celebrates the dignity and inherent potential of every human. We reject any form of discrimination or hatred, as we aspire to create a community built on respect, belonging, diversity, inclusion, collaboration, and creativity.



We humbly ask that you consider contributing to Merely Players, a 501(c) (3) organization. 

As is true in theatres across the nation, ticket prices account for only about 50% of our production costs.  The rest of our expenses must be met through private donations and grants. 

Live theatre is a dynamic, expensive venture, and our costs keep rising.  Donations are used to meet venue expenses, pay royalties, hire actors and other personnel, pay for technical elements such as scenery, costumes, and lighting, and to publicize our shows. The money we raise directly affects the quality of our productions. 

Theatre adds vitality and variety to a community, and your tax-deductible donation helps to ensure that we can continue to thrive.

To make a donation, click here:


All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women Merely Players 

– William Shakespeare, As You Like It


All performances are held at our performance venue:

Merely Underground

789 Tech Center Drive

In Durango, Colorado

We do not receive mail there.

Mailing address:

49 Wedgewood Circle

Durango, CO  81301