Mercer Theatre presents farcical play ‘A Divine Kerfuffle’

Poster for

MACON – Mercer Theatre presents “A Divine Kerfuffle” by H. Russ Brown to the public on Nov. 9-12 and 16-19.

The show takes place in 1895 and actress Sarah Bernhardt is the greatest actress to ever grace the Victorian stage. This piece of historical fiction imagines the “Divine Sarah” fears her once bright star may be fading with all the attention suddenly being lavished on a talented, younger rival. The stage is set for the ultimate showdown as the two dueling divas cross wits and blades.

This show is a new play, premiering in 2022, so it will be the first opportunity for Middle Georgia audiences to experience it. Frani Rollins, associate professor and program director for Mercer Theatre, said Mercer Theatre is honored to be one of the firsts to breathe life into these characters. 

“We are thrilled to be presenting this southeast regional premiere, as it is a showcase of everything Mercer Theatre: The undergraduate research discovery process, the showcase of applied coursework, and connection and contribution to our University and local, regional and professional communities,” said Rollins.  

“So excited the regional premiere of ‘A Divine Kerfuffle’ is with the outstanding program at Mercer,” said playwright H. Russ Brown. “My goal was to write a farce where the women hold the power. They pursue their passions, land the jokes, fight with swords and, ultimately, though they still have their differences, they walk away with a newfound respect for one another. I love that dynamic.”

Tickets are available for each show at via Mercer Ticket Sales. Regular admission is $15 and $10 for Mercer-affiliated students, faculty and staff.

There are two more major shows in the Mercer Theatre season, with “Men on Boats” in February 2024 and “Rabbit Hole” in April 2024. To find out about auditions, as well as other ways to stay involved with the program or join Mercer Players, contact Frani Rollins. at

Homecoming 2023 Magical Morning Adventure
During Mercer’s Homecoming Weekend, families and children are invited to Tattnall Square Park, Saturday, Nov. 11, at 10 a.m. to enjoy a free performance of “Alice in Wonderland”. This outdoor performance promises to transport young and old alike to the whimsical world of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, adapted and directed by Scot Mann, professor and director of the Theatre Program. With colorful and jaw-dropping costumes, lively characters, and playful storytelling, “Alice in Wonderland” is set to be a heartwarming experience for all. There is grass seating, and the performance is free. Visit here for more information.