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Virtual Advent Calendar Day #9: The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry



Gretchen Grassl directs Meghan Lane and Patrick Blake in a reading of O. Henry's The Gift of the Magi.


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Founding Member Gretchen has performed in many plays and musicals beginning at a young age. Since joining the Kirk Players in 2010, Gretchen has performed in The Glass Slipper, Enchanted April, David & Lisa, The Hollow, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, I Remember Mama, Red Herring, and Lord Arthur Saville’s Crime. She has directed Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, co-directed Velveteen Rabbit and Becky’s New Car with Kirk Players and has directed The God Committee and Over the River and Through the Woods with James Downing Theatre in Chicago. She has assistant directed The Happiest Millionaire, Velveteen Rabbit, Jack and the Magic Beans, The Mousetrap and Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up. She served as Administrative Director for four years and was elected Artistic Director of The Kirk Players last year. She also enjoys writing and reading.


Founding Member Meghan Lane has been involved with community theater for a long time. Whether onstage as Katherine, Helena and "Wall" in Sounds and Sweet Aires part of the Shakespeare First Folio tour, Lorraine in The Man Who Came to Dinner, Cassandra in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, backstage Stage Managing and Directing, or currently a Board Member for not-for-profit community theater The Kirk Players in Mundelein; it’s her passion. Meghan’s ‘day’ job has been in the legal field for over 20 years. Melding her passion for theater as well as social justice issues, one of her most recent memorable roles was as a suffragette in "A Woman’s Influence," written by suffragette Gertrude Jennings in 1909, produced in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Meghan believes Mosaic Players will be an opportunity to enhance her passion yes, but much more importantly, educate the community by bringing light via the stage focusing on all cultures, races, and human rights.


(Bio for Founding Member Patrick Blake coming soon.)


The Mosaic Players have launched a GoFundMe campaign and would love your support! Thank you for your consideration of making a gift towards Mosaic Players. Our fundraiser will be happening over the next few months and your contributions will go towards the creation of our Traveling Wagon Stage, the shows we'll be producing in 2021, and our community outreach.


Mosaic Players is a group of artists committed to the idea that our theatre will focus on human rights, social justice, and anti-racism. We promote dignity, respect, equality, inclusiveness, and understanding. We plan on creating original works, adapting literature, and producing shows that reflect the stories of our communities.



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