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Mercyhurst presents 'A Man of No Importance'

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Mercyhurst Theatre Program continues its 2016-17 season with the chamber musical A Man of No Importance Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 23-26.

Winner of the 2003 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, A Man of No Importance is the second successful collaboration by the team of Terrence McNally, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, all of whom won Tony Awards for Ragtime.

Alfie Byrne is a bus driver in 1964 Dublin, whose heart holds secrets he can't share with anyone but his imagined confidante, Oscar Wilde. When he attempts to put on an amateur production of Wilde's Salomé in the local church hall, he confronts the forces of bigotry and shame over a love “that dare not speak its name.”

Director Dr. Brett D. Johnson sees A Man of No Importance as a rare gem in the canon of musical theatre. “It’s a show that combines the depth and complexity of a play with the lyricism of a musical,” he said.

“The Mercyhurst Theatre Program is committed to producing works that are socially relevant, that entertain but also enlighten and educate, he added. "At this time of incredible divisiveness in our country, I felt compelled to tell a story about a group of people from different backgrounds, with different values and beliefs, coming together to elevate their lives through storytelling, through theatre, and through the beauty of words and music.”

A Man of No Importance features Aidan Giles (Alfie Byrne), Tyler Kirchmeir (Father Kenny), Ashley Poletto (Mrs. Grace/Kitty Farrelly), Grace Sloop (Miss Crowe), Rosie Pregler (Mrs. Curtin), Owen Hitt (Baldy O’Shea), Jake Shearer (Rasher Flynn/Carson), Tessa Sayre (Miss Lally), Leah Miori (Mrs. Patrick), Peter Vizza (Sully O’Hara), Matt Mellish (Peter/Breton Beret), Sarah Krempasky (Lily Byrne), Michael Rowe (Carney/Oscar Wilde), Jacob Tretinik (Robbie Fay), and Alexis Webb (Adele Rice). The production team includes scenic designer Aaron White, lighting designer Madeleine Steineck, musical director Andrew Rainbow, choreographer Jennie Cross, production stage manager Kathryn Schmitt, and assistant stage managers Rebecca Holt, Jenna Rosciszewski and Monica Tinsley.

Performances are Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 23-25, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 25-26, at 2 p.m. in Taylor Little Theatre on the Mercyhurst campus.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens/students, and $5 for youth and Mercyhurst students with I.D. All performances are general admission, with doors opening 30 minutes prior to curtain. 

This production contains adult situations and strong language. It is recommended for ages 13 and older.

For more information, or to reserve your tickets, visit miac.mercyhurst.edu or call 814-824-3000. Tickets will also be on sale (cash only) at the theatre beginning one hour before curtain.