Toil and Trouble

Every October, the Mercury Cafe’s Allied Witches performance troupe picks a different social theme and creates a narrative around it -- and the group never has to look too far to find something scary to riff on. “We always try to give voice to the voiceless and the oppressed and the persecuted,” explains Marilyn Megenity, Witches member and owner/operator of the Mercury.

This year’s production, Juarez: Day of the Dead, is no exception. “The chaos that’s happening in Mexico and around the world certainly has roots in U.S. banks’ money-laundering, and U.S. weapons sales, and U.S. political partnerships with corruption and violence in Mexico,” Megenity points out. “Some of the problems in Mexico are the same problems we have here, but Mexico is so exploited by the United States that those problems have been allowed to just explode.”

The Witches will take their usual satirical, black-humor look at the situation, so despite the serious topic, attendees can expect to laugh out loud while they’re learning about the wider problems of the world.

Juarez, which has run every Friday this month, wraps up tonight with a special performance at 7:30 p.m. at the Merc, 2199 California Street; admission is $10. Visit or call 303-294-9258 for information on this and the venue's other Halloween-night activities.
Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m. Starts: Oct. 24. Continues through Oct. 25, 2013

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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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