Trenton’s Passage Theatre Company will present an online production of Chisa Hutchinson’s Surely Goodness and Mercy, directed by Marcus D. Harvey. The production will be available to stream online from March 18 through March 21, 2021.
This story follows an odd, but bright little boy named Tino who befriends Bernadette, the lunch lady at his school. Through quick conversations, a few moments of grace, and the help of their sassy friend Deja, both Tino and Bernadette learn about the strength hiding within themselves and what it means to truly care for another.
Director Harvey said, “For me, Surely Goodness and Mercy is a play about safety and community. How do we create safe spaces for young people to be themselves, authentically and purely without having to apologize?” He continued, “Once the space is created, how do we support the space and build communities? Young people deserve that; we owe that to them.”
The production will consist of a hybrid filming process. A portion of the scenes will be filmed with actors remotely as Passage has done with its previous online shows. The remaining scenes will be filmed in person at Trenton Central High School. All in-person scenes will be filmed following COVID-19 precautions and with the assistance of Passage Theatre’s new Company Manager/Infectious Control Specialist to ensure the safety of everyone involved in the process.
Upon ticket purchase, audience members will receive a confirmation email including a link to view the video anytime from Thursday, March 18 at 11:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 21. The video can also be viewed on Zoom during the group screening at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 20. Immediately following the group screening there will be a short post-show discussion featuring Surely Goodness and Mercy cast and creative team. Questions not answered live in the discussion may be answered by the artists on social media after the screening.
General Admission tickets can be purchased for $17 at www.passagetheatre.org. There are also Senior and Student tickets available for $13.