Mercury’s Ashes: A Rock Monologue

Written and Directed by Lian Amaris

7:30pm July 14-16, 2016

Salem Theatre Company
35 Congress Street
3rd Floor, Suite 301
Salem MA 01970

Tickets: $20


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Before Queen’s frontman Freddie Mercury passed away of AIDS in 1991, he asked that the location of his ashes be kept a secret from the world. Guided by the gravity of fandom, one man believes he has found the remains of the fallen Star that have eluded fans for over twenty years. Inspired by real events, MERCURY’S ASHES shares how the weight of his discovery alters the orbit of a man’s life and irreversibly binds him to the greatest performer of the 20th Century.

Under the direction of Lian Amaris, actor Renzo Ampuero combines monologue, music, Brechtian storytelling, and visual language to create a fragmented portrait of an ordinary guy’s extraordinary encounter with a music idol. MERCURY’S ASHES explores the presentation of memory, confessions, and non-linear storytelling, in the spirit of Amaris’ previous works.


Lián Amaris (Writer, Director) has produced original genre-bending work at many internationally recognized spaces for experimental theater including P.S. 122, HERE Arts Center, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Richard Foreman’s Ontological-Hysteric Theater. As a director and performance artist Amaris has been involved in over 30 unique productions. Salon called her 2013 play The Video Game Monologues “slyly perceptive” and “a taste of what’s to come.” Amaris’s 2009 monologue, Swimming to Spalding, directed by Richard Schechner, was called “a riveting piece of theater” with “some of the most powerful indictments of contemporary warfare that have been on stage in recent memory” by Backstage. Her internationally-covered 2007 72-hour performance, Fashionably Late for the Relationship, premiered in Union Square NYC making the front page of the New York Times; the project’s film has been shown at The Guggenheim, the San Jose Museum of Art, and festivals. Amaris holds Master’s degrees from New York University in Performance Studies and Interactive Telecommunications, and a BA in theater from UMass at Amherst.

Renzo Ampuero (Lead) is an actor inspired by the intersections of theater, language, and other creative disciplines. Originally from Peru, Ampuero has performed in New York City, San Francisco, Cambridge, Moscow, Lima, and Sao Paulo. He has collaborated with playwright Ellen McLaughlin and several theater companies, including Outside the Wire, Ripe Time, Tides, and la Criatura. Renzo has an MFA from The American Repertory Theater at Harvard University.


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