Story of Atari Programmers Brought to Stage in Merge

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Chicago's The New Colony has announced the world premiere of Merge by Spencer Davis; the new play is inspired by the real-life story of the 1970's Atari programmers who fought against the corporate acquisition of the video game industry.

Helmed by co-artistic director Andrew Hobgood, Merge is set to run Oct. 7-Nov. 12 at The Den Theatre. Tickets will go on sale in July. Here's how the theatre bills the new work: "In 1978, Atari was the fastest growing company in the history of the United States, an arcade manufacturer with a workplace fueled by pot smoking, jacuzzi parties and nobody wearing socks. When they have to sell themselves to Warner Bros. to stay afloat, they quickly realize that corporate cash comes with baggage, as they lose a piece of the identity that made them who they were in the first place. And what’s worse… they have to start wearing socks. Merge is the story of a small band of programmers who stand up and fight back against the very company that saved them from bankruptcy, in a battle that threatens to crash an entire industry."

Davis' plays have been produced at Chicago Dramatists, American Theater Company, Theater Wit and Second City Chicago.

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