"Mermaid Hour" - by David Valdes - Moonbox Productions (Cambridge, MA.)

Moonbox Productions  

Presents David Valdes'


Written by David Valdes

Directed by Bridget Kathleen O’Leary 

Cast Includes: Brenny O’Brien as "Violet Bardisa-Nickerson," Phil Tayler as "Bird Nickerson," Monica Risi as "Pilar Bardisa," Nicholas Papayoanou as "Jacob Endo," Clara Tan  as "Mika Endo," Alex Goldman as "Crux Dumay/Merperson"

Additional Creative Team:

Producer - Sharman Altshuler; Assistant Director - Charlotte Stowe; Dramaturg - Wenxuan Xue; Production Stage Manager - Liz Diamond; Assistant Stage Manager - Olivia Browne; Scenic Designer - Janie Howland; Assistant Scenic Designer - Sarabeth Spector; Costume Designer - E Rosser; Lighting Designer - Deb Sullivan*; Sound Designers - Kai Bohlman and Anna Drummond; Production Electrician - Jessie Marasco; Props Designer - Sarabeth Spector; Production Manager/COVID Safety Manager - Kailey Bennett; Assistant Production Manager - Jessie Marasco; Assistant COVID Safety Manager - Katie Smith.

Performances at Arrow Street Arts, 2 Arrow Street, Cambridge, MA. 02138


April 26, 2024 through May 19, 2024

(Contact Box Office for Exact Times)


Tickets are $55 for premium center section seating and $45 for regular seating with Pay-What-You-Wish options available at www.arrowstarts.org

More information available at https://moonboxproductions.org/event/mermaid-hour/



Contact Venue for Most Updated COVID-19 Safety Protocols and Information.


"MERMAID HOUR" is a funny, coming-of-age story in which the parents, not the teenagers, need to learn how to change.  

For Pilar and Bird, parenting a trans tween is all about guessing how to get it right when they’re not even sure what that means - and it doesn’t help that they’re not on the same page.  

Vi just wishes they would keep up: she’s busy navigating her first crush on super-cool Jacob, obsessing over her favorite YouTube vlogger, and just about ready to make herself an internet sensation.  

Fast-paced and heartfelt, "MERMAID HOUR" finds all three confronting the gaps between who they are and who they wish to be.

NOTE: Moonbox is pleased to announce that all performances will be captioned and the performance on May 18th at 2:00pm will be audio described. 

Pre-show description will start a half hour prior to performance.  

Arrow Street Arts also provides assisted listening devices for all performances. 



Since its founding, MOONBOX PRODUCTIONS has been honored by numerous laudatory reviews and raves from audiences and critics alike – garnering MOONBOX PRODUCTIONS numerous IRNE and Elliot Norton Awards ranging from Best Musical,  Best Actor & Actress, to Best Scenic and Costume Design recognitions. MOONBOX PRODUCTIONS was founded in 2011 by Producer/Artistic Director Sharman Altshuler. Based in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, MOONBOX PRODUCTIONS is dedicated to supporting local arts and local artists, and to connecting communities to the non-profit organizations that serve them. To fulfill their artistic mission, MOONBOX PRODUCTIONS taps the deep well of talent within their own communities to bring top quality theatrical experiences to stages throughout the Greater Boston area. To fulfill their social mission, they partner with a local non-profit organization for each show, giving them visibility on their website and in their promotional materials, as well as giving them access to their audiences in order to raise awareness of their cause, create connections within the community, and increase the reach and impact of their work.


30 Brattle Street

Third Floor

Cambridge, MA. 02138