Post performance talkback with New Mercury Collective members (l to r) Omar Mulero, Daron Hagen, Roger Zahab, Robert Frankenberry, and Robert Orth at the Studebaker Theater in Chicago, 15 September 2018.

The Woman in Morocco creative team, (l to r) Daron Hagen, Roger Zahab, and Barbara Grecki in Chicago, September 2018.


Formed in 2017 by artistic director Daron Hagen and named after Orson Welles' Mercury Theater, the New Mercury Collective exists to create and sustain a laboratory for artistic exploration, creative risk-taking, and performance in which its members can collaborate on the creation and performance of post-genre works combining theater, music, and emerging technology for audiences of all types underpinned by a fierce committment to social justice and civic activism. NMC's members brought a staggering breadth of practical experience, training, and expertise to the development of Orson Rehearsed, the collective's first project, which was produced by the Chicago College of Performing Arts with the collaboration of the Fifth House Ensemble.

NMC’s current project is 9-10, an opera for six singers and pre-recorded electro-acoustic soundscape set in a restaurant in New York City’s Little Italy the evening before the fall of the Twin Towers. More information can be found here.