The Rise and Fall of Holly Fudge

Commissioned by Merrimack Repertory Theater, Artistic Director Courtney Sale.

Cast: 4 F

Christmas 2020. Carol is a hard-working single mother who makes award-winning “Holly” fudge, named after her daughter. She serves it every holiday. She gifts it to her friends and co-workers. She’s determined that this year won’t be any different, even if she has to wear a mask while whipping up her famous dessert. But with her daughter Holly’s girlfriend crashing Christmas, her neighbor’s new-found love of confectionery, and the protests erupting on her front lawn, Carol is finding it tough to make this the most wonderful time of year.

Karen MacDonald as Carol, Kristian Espiritu as Holly

“Playwright Trista Baldwin gets it. She sees that it’s possible to love someone(s) unconditionally but feel unseen by that person..” – The New England Theatre Geek