‘Marrow’ to conclude this weekend


at Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts

Photo courtesy Resolve Productions

Craig MacArthur stars in “Marrow,” concluding its run at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts this weekend.

By Carter Merritt | Thingamajig Theatre Company

In the annals of theater, the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts (PSCA) has proven itself as an icon for the finest in live performance. 

“Marrow,” the one-man drama that has opened on the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts’ stage, written by Brian Quirk and directed by Melissa Firlit, exceeds the realm of entertainment to become an unmissable emotional odyssey. The opening weekend opened the window, but the closing performances this Thursday and Friday promise to leave an indelible mark on the soul. 

From the very moment the lights dim and the supporting audio begins, “Marrow” casts its spell, thanks in no small part to the craftsmanship of Craig MacArthur. 

A victim of a heinous hate crime, MacArthur’s character embarks on a profound journey to reassemble not only his shattered body, but his fragmented psyche as well. It is a performance that unveils the visceral and deeply intimate layers of vulnerability and resilience. 

The ability of “Marrow” to evoke empathy is its most remarkable quality, a trait that has drawn praises from both critics and theatergoers. 

The Seattle Times called “Marrow” “A wild tour de force.” Sarah T., one of the enthralled audience members, described it as a “raw and beautiful exploration of the human experience,” while John H. extolled its role in “fostering connections and understanding.” Mary G. likened it to a unique magic, one that can only be found in live theater. 

As Quirk dissects the human soul, he leaves no stone unturned. His script is a tapestry of emotions, woven together with threads of darkness and humor, creating a narrative that is both brutal and breathtaking. “Marrow”serves as a poignant reminder of the power of the theater to probe the depths of our shared humanity. 

Laine Wong’s lighting design is nothing short of her best work, illuminating the performance in all the right places, while Matt Bittner’s sound design weaves an auditory tapestry that envelopes the audience, ensuring that no one escapes “Marrow’s” haunting resonance. 

“Marrow challenges the boundaries of human experience, touches the deepest chords of empathy and reminds us all why we gather in darkened auditoriums to witness the magic of live performance. 

The opportunity to experience “Marrow” at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts is dwindling, with only a pair of performances left tonight and Friday at 7 p.m. Secure your tickets now by visiting pagosacenter.org or calling (970) 731-SHOW (7469).