Letter from an Apothecary

Hello family, friends, and fans of Apothecary Theatre Company:

When Dennis and Tom contacted me a few weeks ago to ask if I would be interested in taking over the role of Artistic Director for Apothecary, I had to stop a while and think about it.

I have seen and enjoyed Apothecary’s productions. Last year I happily directed a piece in the Anti-Valentine’s Day Party and Fundraiser at St. Mazie’s. More importantly, I have known Dennis and Tom for years and value them as friends, artists, and collaborators. What could I bring to the table as an artistic leader of the company they founded and nurtured for so long? How can I support, change, and grow the company while holding true to its original spirit?

So, as one does in this modern age, I googled the definition of “apothecary.” According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, an apothecary is “one who prepares and sells drugs or compounds for medicinal purposes.” Now THAT is something I can get on board with.

I am here, in collaboration with Dennis and Tom, to offer you a cure for bad theater. We would like to sell you something immediate, intimate, full of life, and unabashedly theatrical. We want to produce plays. We want to make theater happen. So, whether it be continuing the tradition of fostering the birth of new plays or taking on the challenge of reviving works, we promise that whatever we do will be alive, breathing, growing, and changing, night-by-night, as only a theatrical piece can do.

We hope to widen our scope, bringing in new and diverse artists to collaborate with. The key to growth is change and in order to change we must function outside of our comfort zone. We appreciate and need your support in this transitional phase. We ask that you be ready to do the same with us.

In the meantime, keep your eyes open for more information and the announcement of our next production.

I look forward to our continued work together.



JV Mercanti