SPF 12: 50 Love Letters

Sunday, July 18th @ 6:00 PM PST/9:00 PM EST
Written By Mercilee Jenkins
Directed By Emily Jerez

What should an older woman do with 50 letters from her first love? She could burn them, bury them, float them out to sea or take them on a trip and discover they’re true, after all these years.

Workshop production at Manhattan Repertoire Theatre, 2015

Mercilee Jenkins writes plays, poetry and fiction. She was a member of the writing team for “The Sins And Secrets Of Tabard Lake,” a Radio Noir serial podcast currently available. She performed her new solo piece, My First Boss, at The 2020 Marsh International Solo Performance Festival. Her one act play, Winning, is included in Best American Short Plays (2014-15). She is a 2014 winner of Poets Eleven, San Francisco’s citywide poetry contest. Her short story, “The Day Mel Tormé Died” was published in the anthology, Sisters Born, Sisters Found. She has performed solo pieces and presented plays in San Francisco at the 3Girls Theatre New Works Festivals, Stage Works, the San Francisco Theatre Festivals, Lit Quake, The Marsh and Theatre Rhinoceros as well as other venues in San Diego, Phoenix, Detroit and New York. She is on the Board of Directors of foolsFURY Theatre in San Francisco.

Emily Jerez has been a company member of The Road Theatre since 2018 and appeared in the alternate cast of Friends with Guns in 2019. This is her fourth year participating in SPF (as a playwright in 2020 with Catching Up, and as an actor in 2019 with No Place Like Gandersheim and in 2018 with Where’s the Rest of Me?). Other recent acting credits include: The Mineola Twins (Moxie Theatre), Showpony (Victory Theatre), Wicked Pagan Gays (Zephyr Theatre), and The Rainbow Bridge (Ruskin Group Theatre).

“50 Love Letters”

Jana – Julia Sanford*
Sissy – Monique Gelineau Schwaneman*
Sam – Britain Hope
Maddy – Karrie King*
Stage Directions – Merrick McCartha*

*Road Company Member