"To Whom It May Concern" is only the third production by the St. Mark's Players. But that's not because the Players are brand-new. The group was started almost four years ago, by the vestry of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in the Fan.
"St. Mark's at that time was an inner-city church without any sort of niche," recalls director Steve Boschen, who served as the vestry's senior warden back then. The vestry wanted to breathe new life into the church and find a fun way of reaching the community. After consideration, members decided that theater might accomplish all of that, and Boschen took the reins.
In fall 1996, the Players debuted with "Oh Coward." It was a hit. Says Boschen, "We wanted to convey that church is not a scary place to be ... that it's OK to laugh in church and have fun."
Because of Boschen's full schedule, the Players' second endeavor, "Side by Side by Sondheim," didn't run until early 1998. It was just as successful as the first production.
Boschen's other commitments made it impossible for him to undertake another production before now, but he's had his heart set on "To Whom" for some time. "The other plays were secular in nature, strictly for entertainment value. ... This was a more thought-provoking, liturgically-oriented production," he says. "I felt like it was time to step out and go a little bit
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