August 15, 2021

Time for a Merely Tour!

It’s been a year of demolition, construction, drywalling, electrical work, plumbing, building shelves and racks, moving equipment, ordering signs, inspections, designing, and painting – and now –  Merely Players is thrilled to invite you to an open house tour of Merely Underground on August 28, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Drop by any time between those hours for your 20-minute tour. The Players will guide tours in small groups, and you’ll have the rare opportunity to see the backstage areas as well as the main performance area.

Merely Underground is located at 789 Tech Center Drive – across the street from and north of the Recycling Center and Transfer Station. It is in the same complex as Village Auto and Best Cleaning. You can park in that parking lot or somewhere on the street.

No need to RSVP – just show up sometime between those hours. Although we will have our great ventilation system circulating fresh air, we are still requiring everyone to mask up for the tours.

We’ve been dreaming of having our own space for years.  Thank you for helping to make this moment come. Your financial support, words of encouragement, and love for theatre has sustained us during this challenging time.

We are excited to share our new performance home with you!

And, don’t forget, season tickets are still on sale on our website! We’re going to make some Underground magic!

Mona, Charles, and all of the Players

August 2, 2021

Registration is now CLOSED for MERELY ACTLETES, our Youth Theatre Club.

Youth who love theatre need to see and discuss plays as well as create them, and our art form has a magnificent legacy that is endlessly exciting and interesting to explore. With that in mind, Merely Players invites students in middle school and high school to join the theatre professionals at Merely Players for a variety of fun experiences. We’ll meet seven times over the course of the 2021-22 season, as we host lively activities and classes:

Saturday, August 28               12:30 – 2:30 PM

Backstage Tour of Merely Underground/Getting to Know One Another

Wednesday, October 6           6:00 – 9:00 PM

Actletes will attend the Final Dress Rehearsal of MEN ON BOATS. You’ll get the inside story on John Wesley Powell’s expedition, then see the show and discuss its unique format with the creative team. Oars Up!


Thursday, Nov. 11                   6:00 – 9:00 PM

Our club will learn a brief history of musicals before seeing the final dress rehearsal of our musical review, All Together Now!  It’s toe-tapping, heartfelt, fun education about the world of the musical.

Thursday, Jan. 13                    6:00 – 9:00 PM

This gathering focuses on the conventions of farce. We’ll learn about why this style makes people laugh; then, Actletes will get to see the final dress rehearsal of the hilarious play, The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.

Thursday, Feb. 17                   6:00 – 9:00 PM

The Children is a searing drama about a nuclear disaster. The characters must explore notions of accountability, guilt, and mortality, and Merely Actletes will join in this riveting discussion with the creative team.  We’ll also get to discuss styles of staging and why a director chooses a particular style for a show.

Thursday, March 3                  6:30 – 8:00

Ever wonder what it takes to become a professional theatre maker? Tonight’s class is a discussion with people who are doing just that. They’ll talk about college, real world experiences, and lead you through some fun exercises.

Saturday, April 2                     1:00 – 3:30

Merely Players will be working on Matilda the Musical, and we are inviting the Actletes to help us make some of the props and set pieces. As an added bonus, our Tech Designer will show you how some of the special effects are created.

Actletes will also get a Merely Players T-shirt. Just Because You’re Cool.

Can’t make it to all of the classes? Sign up anyhow, and come to the ones that you can!

Instructors Mona Wood-Patterson, Liz Gray, and Charles Ford all have extensive experience teaching youth theatre. We love sharing our passion, our creativity, and our knowledge!

Tuition: $80.00. Register at by August 25, 2021.

For students in Middle School and High School

You’ll receive more detailed information about each class two weeks before it occurs.

If classes are cancelled because of  — well, anything— we will reschedule them or refund a corresponding portion of your tuition fee.

July 27,2021


Merely Players announces an audition for the role of Frank Goodman in Jaclyn Backhaus’ MEN ON BOATS. Goodman was a British man who was beyond excited to be in the American West as a part of the John Wesley Powell 1869 expedition down the Grand Canyon.

The role will be cast with a woman whose stage appearance is between 25 and 50 yrs. old. A British accent (RP) is required. Accent coaching is available.

Rehearsals are from 6:00 – 9:00 PM on these dates:

Mon. Aug. 23                          Weds. Aug. 25                         Fri. Aug. 27

Weds. Sept. 1                         Thurs. Sept. 2                          Weds. Sept. 8

Mon. Sept. 13                        Thurs. Sept. 16                         Mon. Sept 20

Weds. Sept. 22                       Fri. Sept. 24                             Tues. Sept. 28

Weds. Sept. 29                       Thurs. Sept. 30


There is also a rehearsal from 10:45 – 6:00 on Saturday, Sept.11

Performances are on:

Fri. Oct. 1 night

Sat. Oct. 2 night

Sun. Oct. 3 matinee

Thursday, Oct. 7 night

Friday, Oct. 8   night

Sat., Oct. 9 matinee

This role is a volunteer position and will be in the opening show for our new space, Merely Underground.

Email Director Mona Wood-Patterson at for more information and to receive your audition piece and time.

We look forward to seeing your talent!

JULY 2021

Over the years, Merely Players has accumulated everything that we need to run a theatre except a building. All of our equipment, props, furniture, lumber, and costumes, which have heretofore been scattered across town in various storage units, is now housed under one roof!

We are delighted that we can now rehearse without having to move props and sound equipment and costumes back and forth at every rehearsal – in a space where we don’t have to work around other schedules and restage an entire show in two weeks. We can build our shows onsite; sets don’t have to be modular so that they can be moved and reconstructed; lights can stay hung on a grid; strike means taking things down the hall instead of loading them into a moving truck and unloading them in the dark.

It’s an unexpected pandemic blessing, and we have spent the past year working hard to renovate our new venue, Merely Underground, at 789 Tech Center Drive.

With audience and performer health and safety in mind, we’ve installed state of the art ventilation, a UV anti-bacteria/virus unit, air purifiers, and an ionization unit.

Ultimately, having this space will make our work more sustainable, saving precious time and energy that we can pour into our theatrical creativity. Magic is waiting to happen.

We can’t wait to show it to you. It is Merely Wonderful.

We are Merely Home.

Merely Players

49 Wedgewood Circle

Durango, CO  81301